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Some media reports on Antwon Rose are 'false,' Allegheny County Police say

| Friday, June 22, 2018, 8:00 p.m.
Allegheny County Police Superintendent Coleman McDonough addresses the media about the 17-year-old that was shot and killed by an East Pittsburgh officer during a traffic stop Tuesday night. June 20, 2018
Theresa Clift | Tribune-Review
Allegheny County Police Superintendent Coleman McDonough addresses the media about the 17-year-old that was shot and killed by an East Pittsburgh officer during a traffic stop Tuesday night. June 20, 2018
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Allegheny County Police are saying media reports regarding Antwon Rose that cite unnamed police sources are false.

Superintendent Coleman McDonough said in a statement directed to the media: “The Allegheny County Police Department continues to receive inquiries related to reports from police sources that 1.) a video of the drive-by shooting in North Braddock shows Antwon Rose firing a gun; and, 2) that gunshot residue has been found on Antwon Rose's hands.

“According to Lieutenant Andrew Schurman of the Allegheny County Police Department's Homicide Unit, both reports are false. While ACPD does have a video showing the North Braddock incident, that video does NOT show Antwon Rose firing a gun. The information about gunshot residue is also false. Crime Lab reports are still pending and have not yet been issued.”

McDonough said the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office “concurs and affirms” the information provided by Schurman.

The Tribune-Review has not reported the information that police are saying is false.

“We caution the media about providing irresponsible information from sources that are not verified,” McDonough said. “Once published, such false information can be widely spread.”

McDonough concluded: “We share your interest in providing answers to the many questions in our community, and are working expeditiously to gather all of the available information and detail so that it can be reviewed, and answers provided.

“We are not releasing additional information at this time to protect the integrity of the investigation, and ask for your cooperation and understanding of what we require as police to complete the independent investigation of this incident.”

Rose was shot and killed Tuesday night after police pulled over a car in which the 17-year-old from Rankin was a passenger because they suspected it was involved in an earlier shooting in North Braddock. Rose, a Woodland Hills High School honor student, was shot as he ran from the car.

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