PITTSBURGH -- (WPMT) -- Hours after being sworn in on the local force Tuesday, a suburban Pittsburgh officer fatally shot a 17-year-old who ran when police stopped a vehicle suspected in a shooting, according to authorities and a local mayor.
The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office and a family attorney identified the victim as Antwon Rose II, of Rankin. Rose, who is African-American, died at a hospital. He had been a passenger in the car suspected of being involved in a shooting earlier Tuesday in a nearby community, Allegheny County Police said Wednesday.
Protesters on Wednesday converged on East Pittsburgh, the borough southeast of Pittsburgh where the shooting occurred.
Sometime before 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, an unidentified person in a vehicle fired nine .40-caliber rounds at a 22-year-old in North Braddock borough, Allegheny County Police said. The victim, who returned fire, was struck and taken to a hospital, where he was treated and released.
Witnesses, including one who flagged down a police officer, described the vehicle in the shooting. Thirteen minutes later, an East Pittsburgh officer saw a vehicle they say matched the witnesses’ description, a silver Chevy Cruze. The officer followed the car and stopped it around 8:40 p.m., according to authorities.
The officer ordered the driver out of the car and onto the ground, Allegheny County police said. Rose and an unidentified passenger “bolted” from the vehicle, and the East Pittsburgh officer fired at them, striking Rose, Allegheny County Police said.
A witness to the shooting captured it on video that was posted on Facebook.
In the video, one police SUV is seen stopped in the middle of the street as another police car pulls up behind it. Two people are seen running from the Chevy Cruze, and within seconds what appears to be three shots ring out. The two people appear to drop to the ground.
The woman who recorded the video is heard saying: “Why are they shooting at him?”