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Lawyer Says Antwon Rose's Family Has Guarded Optimism

June 27, 2018 - 11:51 am

EAST PITTSBURGH, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of a police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man near Pittsburgh 

A lawyer representing the family of an unarmed black teen shot and killed by a police officer as he fled a traffic stop says the family is approaching the homicide charge filed against the officer with "guarded optimism."

Lawyer Lee Merritt said Wednesday on Twitter the family of 17-year-old Antwon Rose Jr. seeks justice.

East Pittsburgh Officer Michael Rosfeld was charged Wednesday with criminal homicide. Records show the 30-year-old gave inconsistent statements about whether he believed Rose had a gun.

The complaint says Rose was struck in the right side of his face, his elbow and the fatal shot that hit his back and struck his heart. Authorities say two guns were found in the car and an empty magazine was found in Rose's pocket. The teen was unarmed when he was shot.

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