Video: Pittsburgh Officer Fatally Shoots Unarmed Fleeing Teen In The Back

A Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania police officer fatally shot a 17-year-old male in the back Tuesday night as he ran from a traffic stop.

Shauny Mary recorded the killing of Antwon Rose, a student at Woodland Hills High School in Pittsburgh, and posted it to Facebook.

 


After the driver was put in handcuffs, the 2 passengers ran before officers shot at them, reported WTAE Pittsburgh.

A witness in the video is heard saying, “Why are they shooting at him? … Why are they shooting? All they did was run and they’re shooting at them?”

Debra Jones told the Associated Press her voice is the one on the video.

When the two passengers ran, “That officer didn’t try to chase them or taze them. He just shot that boy for running,” she said. “I looked out my kitchen window and they were putting him in handcuffs. He wasn’t moving. I think that boy died right there on the side of my house.”

There were 3 shots fired, all hitting Rose from behind. He was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police say the incident started with another reported shooting in the area.

“At approximately 8:20 PM, County 9-1-1 received multiple calls reporting that shots were fired and that a male had been shot in the 800 block of Kirkpatrick Avenue,” North Braddock police said in a written statement.

“Callers reported that a vehicle was seen fleeing the scene, and were able to provide a description of that vehicle. North Braddock Police and paramedics responded and found a 22-year-old male who had been shot. He was been transported to a local trauma center where he was treated and released.”

Police did not say whether Rose had anything to do with the previous shooting.

Allegheny County police also issued a written statement regarding the shooting.

Information on the vehicle that fled the North Braddock scene was put out over the air for neighboring police departments to assist/respond. An East Pittsburgh police officer saw a vehicle matching the description on Grandview Avenue which also had ballistics damage to the rear window. The officer stopped the vehicle near Grandview and Howard Street in East Pittsburgh. The officer took the driver into custody. While he was putting the driver into handcuffs, two other occupants ran from the car. One individual – a 17-year-old male – was shot by police. He was transported to McKeesport Hospital where he was declared deceased.

Allegheny County police Superintendent Coleman McDonough said the officer was not wearing a body camera and the police vehicle did not have a dash camera.

Officials did not release the name of the killing officer, but said he was sworn in Tuesday night as an East Pittsburgh police officer. He had previous experience working for other departments.

The Allegheny County Homicide Unit is investigating both incidents.