Antwon Rose

A rookie East Pittsburgh cop who shot a fleeing teenager in the back during a traffic stop was sworn into duty on the police force a few hours earlier.

17-year-old Antwon Rose was killed by a rookie officer who responded to a shots fired call in North Braddock.

Police observed a car speeding from the scene with what appeared to be bullet holes in the rear window.

A traffic stop was made and police detained the driver. Two passengers, including Rose, jumped from the car and fled.

The cop opened fire and Rose was struck multiple times in the back. A witness recorded the shooting with her cell phone.

Police recovered 2 firearms from the car, but Rose was unarmed.

The unidentified cop has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation.

According to KDKA News, it’s up to Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala to determine whether Rose’s shooting was justified or not.

“That officer has the same rights as any other citizen,” said McDonough.

Protestors marched in an impromptu rally outside the East Pittsburgh Police station on Wednesday. Demonstrators called for the officer to be fired.

Rose is the latest in a string of students from Woodland Hills to be shot.

School officials and teachers spoke highly of the teen.

“He was a really excellent student,” said Superintendent Alan Johnson. “He was involved in advance placement classes, he was a gifted student, he certainly had everything to look forward to, he was very well liked by teachers. I know a number of teachers at the high school are pretty badly shaken up, the principal knew him well.”


Don't ask Me NO silly ass ? Why? #STOPTHEFRISK exist? JUST IN over an HOUR AGO??? There’s no justifying this LYNCHING • • A witness who says she saw everything unfold from her front porch described a terrifying scene, telling Pittsburgh's Action News 4 she saw police pull over the suspect vehicle and walk up to the car guns drawn. She says an officer handcuffed the driver, but when the other two passengers were told to get out, they took off running and that's when police opened fire. As @shaunking Reported one of the victims was 17 years old and he has died ??. I’ll update y’all with more information as I read and as it comes in. Again tho, backs were turned, there’s nothing justifiable about shooting people in the back. #eastpittsburgh #policebrutality #policeshooting #Antwonrose #lynching #nojusticwnopeace #policekilling #tariqnasheed #racialprofiling #racialinjustice #justice #shaunking #blacklivesmatter #blackchildren #protectourchildren #protest #amerikkka #shooting #corruptpolice #badcops

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  • imright

    why did he run ??! why dont they use tasers with us ???

  • IamAllnatural

    I think he was young & afraid of getting in trouble.
    Tasers are for white people only.

  • Oh Tommie

    He felt “threatened for his life” I’m sure. How do you get sworn in and get sent straight to the streets?? No paperwork you can push other certifications to job training?????


    Wow he didn’t even get to be detained... oh wells maybe msnbc will be outraged about his death ... maybe they will have the same energy that they used for non citizens oops ? nope I think not.

  • T865!

    Deflated Soul?? Care to offer your opinion ??

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    My first question is why he ran out the car?

  • CocoBabe88

    As far as I remember police would run after suspects when they fled. So now I’m guessing they’re just too lazy and out of shape to run after suspects. They’re just gonna shoot first? I’m the first one to question criminal behavior but from what I’ve seen here this is just a careless unjust killing.

    Did the other guy who ran get shot and killed??

  • Joy King

    I could be wrong but this sounds like a good kid who was hanging around the wrong crowd and got caught up in some BS that got him killed. Of course the police officer shouldn't have shot him in the back but we know this already. Young black kids today, have to be taught to be proactive because most police officers could care less if they live or die.

  • Educatedanpetty

    Really? So the rookie cop wanted an arrest so bad that when the young man fled he cowardly shot him in the back. Vengeance is God's the things I hope happen to these officers maybe wrong but I'm yet human. I pray God protect our young black youth and give them a thought shift real soon. my father use to tell me all the time you do dirt you get dirt it will definitely come back on that officer!

  • CocoBabe88

    According to the Post-Gazette, “Pennsylvania law allows police officers to use deadly force to prevent someone from escaping arrest if that person has committed a forcible felony, possesses a deadly weapon, or if the person has indicated he or she will endanger human life or inflict bodily injury if not arrested.”

    Pretty f*cked up law and all those protestors probably won’t do sh*t to change it either.

  • Ruth

    Why would a lone officer be arresting three suspects. I believe they are supposed to request backup before handcuffing anyone. Very poor training. I'm really sorry for the family . I'm sure they will get a payout though.

  • Eileen

    yep they tas white folks...why did he run?

  • Alextra Ballard

    We tawkin bout a 17 year old. I think he ran because he was scared. This probably was his first time being cawt in a bad situation and he he's dead.

  • Music

    The officer was probably too out of shape to chase after the young man, so he shot him. Put down the donuts, and join a gym.

  • Soufside ATL

    Agreed b=blacks=bullets. T=tasers=trustworthy; blacks vs whites

  • CopperCutie

    Wow, he was certainly anxious to kill a n*igga. Damn shame how they keep getting away with this. Paid leave!!!?? He needs to be in jail.

  • AnonyMous

    When are blacks gonna learn? These young men had guns in the car and had reportedly shot at someone. Zero f_cks given.

  • Music

    Not yet....They have to wait and “view” the body cam. Aka: chop and screw the video up, to make it look like the teen was a threat.

  • Roderick2011

    He was a rookie.

    The city will pay a lot for his mistake.

  • Roderick2011


    That's the best description of that poster, ever!!

  • ??EEMA ?????????

    Dear God.. Why do you hate Black people? Especially Black men. Why do you put us all in jail? Why do you let the white people gun us down for hunting practice? Why can’t we get married and have families too? Why do you allow this to happen? Why did you allow slavery to last 400 hundred years? Something’s not right. Can you wake up?
    - Thanks,
    Concerned Human

  • ??EEMA ?????????

    That’s not the right reply simpleton. I’m sure you’re white. Irrelevant bafoon.

  • Thingamajig

    What on earth are they teaching these cops? I need to read the training manual myself to see what the hell is going on. I wonder if the public has access to that academy material? Probably not.

  • Scorpiess

    Difficult to use self defence as justification this time.

    ?Judge. ?Jury. ?Executioner.

  • Thingamajig

    Shooting someone unarmed in the back while they’re running is not bringing a person to justice. Your white melanin deficient cave descendent self can go back over to the white racist blogs. You hate us black people but can’t stay off our blogs and out of our communities.

  • Thingamajig

    Asking why this unarmed boy ran shouldn’t even be a question.

  • jujumanji

    He wasn't a rookie. He had been a cop for 7yrs at other precincts. He had just gotten sworn in to that particular jurisdiction.

  • P0shzZ0la

    Why you blaming everything on God? If you go into a bad neighborhood and leave your car doors unlocked when going into the store and come back and something is stolen from your car is that God's fault? Oh I think people should be able to do whatever they want and God is supposed to "pick up the slack?" It ain't happening...! Every person "if they will to do so" has the ability to rise above their troubles but they look to man to rectify their problems then when things don't work out....they blame it on God. The fault is with the person/persons NOT God.

  • Roderick2011

    My mistake, but there was a reason he had been reassigned.

  • ??EEMA ?????????


  • ?Patty Kakes?

    If your a cop and your that afraid for your life that you have to shoot someone that running away from you.........the you need to find yourself a new profession

  • SpillyNillie

    Take your Zero F*cks and shove them where the sun doesn't shine!

  • SpillyNillie

    I can't with this...ya'll know nothing gets to my core more than seeing unarmed Black men/youth being gunned down in the streets like dogs by trigger happy, fearful ass men in blue. But mayo can take his sorry ass in a school, church, restaurant, SLAUGHTER 100 people and walk out in cuffs. I can't. NOT TODAY!

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    That is a very good point

  • Phillybruh

    This makes me so sad, my son just turned 13.

  • SpiceGirl

    traffic stop =Death....SOMEBODY make that make sense please?!!!

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    Like I told someone yesterday my Mommy didn't play and if I chose to run away so she wouldn't find out, would bullets in my back be justified umm no. Sick of this

  • Ebony Starr

    I work as a Corrections Officer and the new hire told me he couldn't wait for an "All available " which means a fight. He showed me his leather gloves that were in his back pocket. Translation, I can't wait to beat on some ni@@ers! I walked away and told every one of my fellow Black officers. They didn't get why I was so upset.

  • Readytochokemothernatureout
  • Trace da Ace

    WOW!!! Was it really necessary to shot him as he was RUNNING AWAY??? Are you fat ass, ignorant, trigger happy cops to damn lazy to chase down folks anymore??? So this is what your doing???? HE WAS RUNNING AWAY, NOT RUNNING TOWARDS YOU!! This shit is too much for me this morning....damn....I'm so pissed over this!!

  • Proud mommy

    In Pennsyvania this is legal according to law Pennsylvania law allows police officers to use deadly force to prevent someone from escaping arrest if that person has committed a forcible felony, possesses a deadly weapon, or if the person has indicated he or she will endanger human life or inflict bodily injury if not arrested.


    this is sad but i have to say this..when you get detained DO NOT RUN...this is rule #1..especially with everything that is going on with cops. stay calm, yes sir no sir get out o bail...then call your lawyer.

  • Phillybruh

    That's not the law, they have too be an immanent threat to the public, this kid was not a threat he had no weapon

  • WutizstillHERE!

    The funny thing is..when we run they shoot, when we stay with our hand up they shoot. when we sit in the car and respond to commands they shoot, I think in their heads if you gone get me you gone have to work for this kill so they run out of fear...

  • BeUtFullSoul

    AGAIN :'(


    maybe..times are different but when I was growing matter what the cause was you just didn't run..i think now kids are so scared they just jump to defense mode and run or react different.

  • Proud mommy

    He was considered a threat someone in the car shot someone 15 minutes prior. I am not saying it was right I am just staying law. They had 2 guns in the car and the car was seen fleeing a shooting. If that isn't imminent danger or threat I don't know what is.

  • nick c

    You are a fool those inmates are not your friends either they want to use you to smuggle contraband or treat you like sh*t!!! I fought fools all the time black white Mexican didn't care I wasn't going to let them walk all over me. Undue familiarity with inmates will get you fired that seems like the path you are on.

  • nick c

    The DA is sooo worthless you shoot someone in the back from robbing your home they quick to press charges claiming that person was fleeing and was no longer a threat...ugh.

  • StoneColdLady

    Nope, I’m not riding with this one right now, I need more information. He was in a car with bullet holes, two guns, jumps out and starts running NONE of that sounds like an innocent teenager...sorry. There are to many stories of REAL innocent victims for me to think this is one of them

  • xenaD

    How is that... nvmnd ?????

  • Ladyshopper


  • Ladyshopper

    Tears....I was thinking the same thing

  • SpiceGirl

    ohhh I know Penn ALL to well..born and raised there.....the same very state that threw the library at my brother....(not the book but the library)

  • Simone


  • Phillybruh

    No someone in the car did not shoot someone, they were questioned and released. Granted they did find guns in the car, but a fleeing suspect is not a threat to the officer.

  • jujumanji

    Oh I'm sure of it. But it's gonna be forever b4 we get the truth SMDH.

  • Roderick2011


  • Anunnaki

    Not this protesting chyt again...???

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    I couldn't fathom coming back to my car and seeing that. Her mommy will live with that forever.

  • BadAss Will

    Damn just sworn? Bet you he was thinking yes when can I use my gum? put me in the hood ? Suspended with pay? Do they get a free trip to Hawaii?

  • Karen Brady

    sounds sad but I can see your point

  • taneka simmons

    It doesn't matter if he was an innocent teenager or Not! Let the courts decide that. In absolutely no circumstance is it ok for an officer to KILL somebody for running! I'm so tired of our own ppl making excusesfor bad behavior by police! Someone's life is gone because a cop didn't feel like chasing him? But a man evidenced with killing 9 ppl in church is served burger king being escorted to jail? gtfoh!

  • kenzieangel07

    Wait so what happened to using deadly force only when you feel your life is in danger??? Nothing justifies shooting someone in the back EVER....your comment is not only uneducated it's flat out BS on the highest level....didn't you learn to research at all??? Sandra's version is not exactly what all the media outlets are reporting..SMH hopefully one day folks get back to thinking, reading and comprehending on their own!

  • Faux Gibbler

    Knowing Zappala he won’t charge bc they were involved in crime. Shouldn’t matter. You don’t shoot someone because they run.

  • Faux Gibbler

    What pisses me off is that is not Pittsburgh cops. It’s North Braddock cops. Mayor Peduto cleaned up the Pgh Police force.

  • Marlika

    Now let’s see here same celebs and the rest of the country putting the same energy into this as they are about what’s happening at the borders.??

    This issue is going to be swept under the rug like all the other shootings. ?

  • MJ

    We see what happened with our own eyes, the young man was murdered. Some statements people make not even worth addressing

  • Black4life

    They're still just because they're inmates the should be beaten. I would be upset if some white boy told me that shit. I worked in a Federal Prison and the white boys were always excited during fights and tear gassings.

  • Ebony Starr

    I'm a fool?! Who raised you? All I said was he waited for a reason to beat them. I worked in County and none of them were sentenced. I never brought in contraband or befriended an inmate but there was no reason to lick your chops for a chance to beat someone. I'm not texting you from a jail cell but lots of innocent and guilty people sit in a cell as we speak. And a lot of them get beaten by overzealous cops.

  • BorisBlack1

    If they shot at someone, it's lucky they didn't kill THAT person. When you start shooting and using guns. Unarmed SHOULD NOT be used to describe the situation.

    Trayvon Martin was UNARMED. Michael Brown was UNARMED. These young men WERE NOT UNARMED.

  • Rere


  • Rere

    But if I shoot smbdy in the back while they are running away I go to jail, this is so sickening! Just get rid of guns for cop's! All they do is just shoot! This ain't no video game!

  • Waya Hedia

    If you KNOW cops are trigger happy then why in the hell would you not comply?


    Y'all protesting for people illegally smuggling kids in the country......... Dude fled a traffic stop and was murdered was he not a child???? He didnt even get the mercy of Detainment and a court date... Wheres the outrage.... Wheres the news crying... FAKE as Hell, Selective Outrage... IF I was other countries I would send my rejects to America too they are dumb as hell. They are more concerned about an illegal Kid Smuggling Alien from Argentina getting put in a detention center because they have no home in America.... than their own citizens getting gun down by law enforcement for running... Arent they both doing the same thing...

  • Calikush

    Preach!!!! ??

  • AListDiva29

    This is only partly true. The cop had been a cop in other districts for years before he came to that one. Pittsburgh police are very shady, and have had many scandals over the years. It seems like the DOJ needs to step in and do a sweep of this whole city's internal affairs.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Wheres the outrage.... Wheres the news crying
    I have to agree with you. Our children have been shot, maimed and detained for centuries yet there is more outrage for others than for us...

  • Enoughsaid2020

    If a suspect is running away, how are they a threat? Wild, Wild West. SMH!

  • Proud mommy

    They haven’t released that yet... I do not agree with the shooting by any means, but the fact is PA law allows the shooting of a fleeing suspect and someone in that vehicle did shoot a you d man 22 in the abdomen and he returned fire at the vehicle. This is why the car was even pulled over in the first place. I do believe the office should have chased or let him run, but PA law may save this officer.

  • StoneColdLady

    I said what I said and I’m not taking it back! I need more information, I am not jumping on the poor innocent teenager train on THIS situation...

  • StoneColdLady

    Nowhere in my post did I say innocent black men haven’t been murdered at the hands of law enforcement officers nor did I make reference to Dylan. I said I needed more information pertaining to THIS situation

  • Luv R

    ...the cop was not a rookie, he was sworn in to that department not the police force. He already has 8+ years as an officer

  • roy

    Your speaking nothing but the truth. This is why I don’t hop on the media train. There are injustices all over the world, but I’m going to fight the ones closest to me first. If you look on any of these celebrities social media you won’t see anything about this story (with the exception of T.I. “Treat Tiny Like A Dog” Harris).

  • roy

    Agreed! But what you are failing to realize is that whether he was right or wrong isn’t for you, the cop or myself to decide and it doesn’t warrant being shot in the BACK. That’s not protocol it’s Murder. He wasn’t a threat with his back turned away while running. Don’t become so mind washed that you have trouble distinguishing right from wrong and become willing to throw your own people under the bus. If he began to run away the cop should have called for backup and ran after him. If he wasn’t caught then cops should have set up a search radius and brought in helicopters and dogs to help aid in the search, not shot a kid(or anybody) in the BACK.

  • roy

    Your having trouble comprehending what people are trying to tell you. It’s not our job or the cops job to decide if the kid was right or wrong. You can not shoot somebody in the back regardless of what did or didn’t happen prior. That’s not protocol.

  • roy

    So sad! But thank you for sharing this information.


    I'm from the burgh and IDGAF if Sandra Rose got that part of the article wrong or not! Yes he's worked at SEVERAL depts.(which should be looked into?)but what excuse do u have for officer MICHAEL ROSFELD yup (thats right thats his name)to shoot Antwon in the back? Michael is a fuckin LAZY coward who didnt want chase after the suspect!

  • the watcher

    it doesn't matter if he just robbed a bank, he was shot in the back running away. now how was he a threat?

  • GoldenGloBeS

    So he running around with killers had two guns in their car and run from police no one feels sorry for him cause you play stupid games you win stupid prizes. One less thug.

  • GoldenGloBeS

    Do you know any of the story? They were fleeing from police after being in a shooting with other people ! They had guns in the cars and killers and running from police no one feels sorry for him wannabe gangster and one less thug on street.

  • Enoughsaid2020

    What about the white boy, who shot up a school, killed numerous people,still had his weapon, and they took him to get food, before taking him to jail. Please explain that to me?

  • Mirella

    I am so sorry to ask you to Stfu. Always the troll who says I need more information! FU.

  • Mirella

    Wow! another unsolicited shooting after one of us fall. And they act like they are the first ones to come up with this.

  • Mirella

    Maybe he doesn't exist. That would explain the situation.

  • Mirella

    I don't see why it's a laughing matter for you when a man is dead. You think it's a video game or what?

  • Mirella

    Slave mentality again. Yeah, the young black kids got to learn the lesson!! Not the people who shoot them. Yep.

  • Proud mommy

    I still don’t agree with the shooting, but it was released that the teen that was killed was found to have an empty clip in his pocket as well as on video as the shooter in the shooting 15 minutes prior. So, this young man WAS the actual shooter. Which will be a big play when they decide what happens according to PA law the shooting may very well be justified.

  • Music

    I wasn’t joking. ?

  • Mirella

    Once a man is dead, there's no point to talk about the cop diet and exercise program. It's not like he'll have another opportunity to shoot someone in the future. Or maybe you're talking to his colleagues... Whatever man.

  • kenzieangel07

    And what you said is cold and stupid...not that hard to watch the video!!!

  • Sassypants

    Not true. Allegheny County sheriff's department came out and admitted that wasn't true, and that false information was being spread. KDKA has not taken down that incorrect tweet. The DA even stated that today. The police put that out there "anonymously" to muddy the waters and make it impossible for a fair trial be be had in Pgh.

  • Proud mommy

    The only part that was not true was that he was the actual shooter... he did have a clip in his pocket and he was I the front seat of the vehicle and appeared to be aware of the shooting that was going to take place because the shooter asked him " is that him" before he shot. This is all in the police report. The officer was charged today as well... and the whole incident will have to play out in court. Although I 100 percent do not agree with the shooting I do know because the law of will be a tough fight. The police officer was given a 250,000 unsecure bond which he does not have to pay a cent and he will be on hours arrest during trial.

  • Sassypants

    The DA's office denied that he was involved in any way with the shooting beforehand, same as the jitney. They refuted it this morning. Someone connected to law enforcement put out misleading information when the story broke, which is sad. That lie may cost them more than what they originally thought. That's why everyone is offering measured responses. Tl:dr Antwon Rose was murdered and they're (fop) trying to smear him to get the cop off.

  • Proud mommy

    I understand that he did not shoot the gun but there was an empty clip in his pocket... the gun was under his seat... that wasn't shot and the shooter asked him " is that him" this is all listed in the affidavit for both the shooter and the officer. Signed by the DA as true... so in reality if he survived he would have been charged with the firearm as well at conspiracy to attempted homicide. I read the actual police report and did not get my information from others nor the news it is clear in the report. There were 2 guns one where the front passenger had access to and one where the back passenger had access to. The one in the back shot the gun yes. I get that and the boy did get killed wrongly, but he had a clip which the medical examiner confirmed also and a gun was found where he sat. That is fact.