Authorities in Pennsylvania are pushing back against reports suggesting they have video that shows 17-year-old Antwon Rose firing a gun during a drive-by shooting in the moments before he was fatally shot by a police officer.
Authorities on Tuesday were responding to reports of shots fired in the borough of North Braddock, located about 10 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, when they discovered a 22-year-old with a gunshot wound to his abdomen. The shooter fired nine rounds at the victim, who also returned fired and struck the passing vehicle several times.
Sources told KDKA Friday afternoon officials are currently reviewing evidence that could identify Antwon as the gunman in the drive-by attack. It said surveillance footage from a nearby camera allegedly showed the teen firing off several rounds before leaving the scene.
District Attorney Stephen Zappala confirmed to Channel 11 that video evidence had been recovered, but Amie Downs, communications director for Allegheny County said it did not show Antwon involved in a shoot-out.
“We have been asked by numerous outlets to confirm reports that video shows Antwon Rose firing a weapon in an earlier drive-by shooting,” she said. “That information is false.”
Antwon, who lived nearby in Rankin, was a passenger in a car stopped by police Tuesday evening because it matched the description of the vehicle involved in an earlier shooting. The silver Chevy Cruze had bullet holes in its rear window. Officer Michael Rosefeld ordered Antwon, the driver and a second passenger out of the car, but they “bolted” instead.
The East Pittsburgh officer fired three times, striking the fleeing teen with each shot. The Allegheny County Medical Examiner labeled his death as a homicide Friday, with the cause death listed as a gunshot wound to the “trunk,” CNN reported.
Witnesses said Antwon’s back was turned the entire time.
Police found two weapons inside the vehicle, but no firearm on Antwon. He did allegedly have a magazine in his pocket, though it’s not clear whether it was empty or not.
Attorneys for the 17-year-old’s family told the news station the magazine had no bearing on the case because he was shot while he was running away.
Antwon’s death sparked days of protest, with crowds of people demanding justice on behalf of the teen.