Unarmed 17-Year-Old Killed By Police After Fleeing Traffic Stop

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According to the Allegheny County Police Department, 17-year-old Antwon Rose, along with another suspect, jumped out of the car and ran from police after a traffic stop. The vehicle matched a description given to police after it was seen near a shooting shortly after 8:30 p.m. The vehicle, which police said had damage from bullets to the back window.

While officers were handcuffing the driver of the vehicle, Rose and the other suspect jumped-out and ran. In a recorded video, a woman from a window above the scene witnessed 3 shots fired by a East Pittsburg Police officer, striking Rose 3 times. The other suspect got away. Rose was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The Allegheny County Police Department is asking the other person who ran away from the vehicle to turn himself in “so that he can give a comprehensive description of what occurred.”

Coleman McDonough, superintendent of the Allegheny County Police Department, said during a news conference two guns were found in the car after the traffic stop, but the 17-year-old was not armed at the time of the shooting. The driver of the vehicle was initially detained by police. He has since been released, McDonough said.

The East Pittsburgh police officer involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave.

Rose's family has hired a Philadelphia-based civil rights attorney, Lee Merritt, to represent their case.

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