East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld was charged with criminal homicide in the shooting death of 17-year-old Antwon Rose II. The police affidavit states Rose was shot three times in the back as he fled the scene during a traffic stop.
Rosfeld was charged with one count of homicide in the unarmed teen’s murder. According to media reports, Rose II was in a car on June 19 during a drive-by shooting in North Braddock that led to the traffic stop.
Eyewitness accounts and surveillance footage from the incident show that Antwon Rose II, who was sitting in the front passenger of the car, did not fire at the police nor was he armed. He was shot as he fled the scene. The teen who did open fire on the officer was identified as Zaijuan Hester. He was sitting in the backseat.
Zaijuan was arrested on Monday night. He was charged with attempted homicide and other charges stemming from the drive-by shooting.
Rosfeld was released on an unsecured $250,000 bond by District Judge Regis Charles Welsh after his arraignment on Wednesday morning. He had just been sworn in to the East Pittsburgh police department hours before the shooting death of Antwon Rose II, CNN affiliate WPXI reported.
Read the complaint filed against Michael Rosfeld in the Antwon Rose II shooting death:
Reaction on Twitter:
Officer Michael Rosfeld should be made to feel as afraid as Antwon did when he was running from him. I hope he fears for his life just like Antwon did. I hope can’t eat. I hope he can’t sleep. I hope he never recovers from this.
— Felicity Williams (@FelicityWill) June 21, 2018
BREAKING: A high ranking school official at the University of Pittsburgh (@PittTweet) just confirmed for me that Officer Michael Rosfeld, who killed #AntwonRose, was fired after brutally assaulting a Black student.
That student was the son of a chancellor at the university.
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) June 23, 2018
A respected officer at the University of Pittsburgh just told me that Michael Rosfeld, the cop who shot #AntwonRose, should've never been allowed to work in law enforcement again after assaulting students at the University – including the son of a chancellor. pic.twitter.com/OGIybREz9m
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) June 22, 2018