PITTSBURGH – East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld did almost everything by the book in his fatal encounter with an unarmed black teenager outdoors Pittsburgh final summer season, a defence specialist says.
Testifying at Rosfeld’s homicide trial, retired Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Clifford W. Jobe Jr. maintained Rosfeld followed suitable process when he shot and killed 17-year-old Antwon Rose II. Prosecutors say Rosfeld gave inconsistent statements about the shooting, which includes no matter whether he believed Rose had a gun.
“I can not fault Officer Rosfeld,” Jobe, a use-of-force specialist, told jurors on Thursday. He referred to as the officer’s actions “textbook.”
As Jobe returned to the stand Friday for cross-examination, the judge lifted a gag order he imposed on parties in the case at the request of the defence. Defence lawyer Patrick Thomassey stated when he and prosecutors have abided by the judge’s order, the lawyer for Rose’s loved ones has not. On Wednesday, S. Lee Merritt released a letter to the media that Rose’s mother wrote to prosecutors urging them to show what a “kind, loving and funny” individual her son was.
Rosfeld, 30, fired 3 bullets into Rose right after pulling more than an unlicensed taxi that had been utilized in a drive-by shooting. Rose, a passenger in the auto, was shot in the back, arm and side of his face as he was operating away.
Rosfeld testified Thursday he believed Rose or a different passenger in the auto had pointed a weapon at him, and he fired in self-defence. But it turned out that neither teen had a gun at the time.
“It occurred quite rapidly,” stated Rosfeld, who took the stand in his personal defence. “My intent was to finish the threat that was produced against me. I just wanted to finish the threat to me. I followed the threat and fired.”
Rosfeld got choked up and dabbed away tears as he recounted acquiring the mortally wounded Rose on the ground.
“I was upset, shocked,” he stated. “He was moaning, attempting to breathe.”
The former officer testified right after the prosecution rested its case Thursday.
A prosecution witness has stated that right after the shooting, he heard Rosfeld say repeatedly, “I do not know why I shot him. I do not know why I fired.” But a different prosecution witness stated he heard the officer ask, “Why did he do that? Why did he take that out of his pocket?”
Prosecutors charged Rosfeld with an open count of homicide, which means the jury can convict Rosfeld of murder or manslaughter.
Rose had been riding in the front seat of the cab when a different occupant, Zaijuan Hester, in the backseat, rolled down a window and shot at two guys on the street, hitting one particular in the abdomen. A couple of minutes later, Rosfeld spotted their auto, which had its rear windshield shot out, and pulled it more than.
Hester, 18, pleaded guilty final week to aggravated assault and firearms violations. Hester told a judge that he, not Rose, did the shooting.