Officer Michael Rosfeld's Attorney: 'It's Not First Degree Murder'

Defense attorney Pat Thomassey says Rosfeld is 'an emotional mess'

Marty Griffin and Wendy Bell
June 27, 2018 - 9:55 am

Allegheny County Police


PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) – The attorney for an East Pittsburgh Police officer charged with criminal homicide tells KDKA Radio’s Marty Griffin he does not believe it should be a murder case.

A charge of criminal homicide was filed early Wednesday morning against Officer Michael Rosfeld, according to court records. 

After his arrest and arraignment this morning, Rosfeld was released on $250,000 bail. The D.A.'s office says it argued vigorously against that, saying both the state Constitution and a statute indicate persons charged with a crime that can result in life in prison are not entitled to bail.

Officer Michael Rosfeld’s attorney Pat Thomassey received a call last night from Allegheny County Police that charges were to be field against the East Pittsburgh police officer involved in the shooting death of Antwon Rose.

Thomassey says he was concerned until he read the affidavit of probable cause.

“Any reasonable would conclude that if there is a crime here by the officer it certainly is not First-Degree murder, it’s not,” said Thomassey. “I don’t think this is a murder case . . . I don’t. The car [was> clearly in involved in a drive-by shooting a mile up the road 11 minutes early. The windows on the car are shot out by the alleged victim, I assume is returning fire, and the police officer got a duty to pull this car over.”

Thomassey says the situation is “sad” but that officer Rosfeld was “dealing with three individuals, and in his mind were involved in an attempted homicide up the road.

Thomassey adds that officer Rosfeld is having a hard time dealing with what happened and that “he’s a mess emotionally.”

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