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Trial To Begin For Former Police Officer Who Shot Antwon Rose Jr.

Former East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld fatally shot the teenager in 2018 after the teen ran from a car he'd pulled over.
Posted at 6:33 AM, Mar 19, 2019

Trial is set to begin Tuesday for Michael Rosfeld, a former East Pittsburgh police officer who's charged with fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager last year.

Antwon Rose Jr. was 17 years old. Back in June 2018, Rosfeld pulled over the car Rose was in because it matched the description of one involved in a drive-by shooting.

Shortly after the vehicle stopped, police say Rose and another passenger ran from the car, and that's when Rosfeld opened fire. According to police, guns were found in the car, but Rose was unarmed. Rosfeld had been sworn into the East Pittsburgh Police Department the night of the shooting — though he'd worked elsewhere as a police officer for seven years.

Rose's death sparked weeks of protests, with protesters calling for charges to be filed against Rosfeld. The district attorney charged Rosfeld with criminal homicide one week after the shooting.

Because there was so much publicity surrounding the case, the jury's been selected from Dauphin County, which is about 200 miles from where the trial is taking place in Pittsburgh.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.