By Terri Hill | August 24, 2018
A grand jury indicted a 17-year-old male who is alleged to have been involved in a drive-by shooting shortly before Antwon Rose was shot and killed by a police officer.
A criminal complaint alleges that on June 19, Zaijuan Hester, of Swissvale, was a backseat passenger in a gold Chevy Cruze when he fired a handgun at a person in the 800 block of Kirkpatrick Avenue in North Braddock, as the car slowed for a stop sign. around 8:20 p.m.
A jitney driver told police that Hester asked “Is that him” as the car slowed down. Hester then “fired shots at an individual standing on the street,” the complaint alleges. Rose was also seated in the car. The driver told police the shots, “definitely came from the rear passenger.”
Survelliance video released by authorities, show the car slowly approaching the intersection of Baldridge Ave. and Jones Ave., a rear window opens up and a person is seen shooting a handgun out the window.
Approximately 13 minutes later after receiving a broadcast concerning the shooting over the police radio, East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld, conducts a traffic stop of the car and orders the driver on the ground. Both Hester and Rose flee from the car and Officer Rosfeld fires three shots, all of them striking Rose and killing him.
Police recovered nine .40 caliber shell casings as well as the stolen Glock handgun they allege Hester used in the shooting.
The two people that Hester allegedly shot survived and have been released from the hospital.
Hester is charged as an adult and faces an attempted homicide charge, multiple counts of aggravated assault as well as firearms violations.
Officer Rosfeld faces criminal homicide charges for the alleged unjustified shooting of Rose.
Because of the indictment Hester will not have a preliminary hearing and a future court date has not yet been scheduled.
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