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Cop Who Killed 17-Year-Old Sworn Into Duty That Night

Pittsburgh TV station says officer who shot teen Antwon Rose was in his 20s
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 21, 2018 8:00 AM CDT
Leonard Hammonds II of Penn Hills, right, points out that a police officer has his hand on his weapon during a rally in East Pittsburgh, Pa., over the shooting death of Antwon Rose.   (Steve Mellon/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

(Newser) – Two Pittsburgh TV stations are reporting an unusual twist in the story of a police officer who fatally shot a teen fleeing from a traffic stop on Tuesday night—it seems the officer had been officially sworn into duty only earlier that same night. The officer has not been identified, but KDKA reports that he is in his 20s and had been sworn in to the East Pittsburgh force a mere 90 minutes before the shooting. WTAE also reports that he had been sworn in the same night. The officer does have experience, however, and had reportedly been working as a cop elsewhere since 2011.

The shooting of 17-year-old Antwon Rose, meanwhile, continues to generate controversy. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that protesters gathered outside the East Pittsburgh Police Department Wednesday demanding answers. "We’re not just going to let these people be out here murdering our children," said one. Police have said that the vehicle Rose was in matched the description of one involved in a nearby shooting. While an officer was taking the driver into custody, Rose and another passenger fled, and the officer opened fire, reports the AP. Two guns were found inside the car, but Rose himself was unarmed when shot three times. (Read more police shooting stories.)

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