Antwon Rose Fatal Police Shooting Prompts Protests in Pittsburgh: Pictures

Following the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Pittsburgh, nearly 1,000 protesters demonstrated for hours on a highway outside the city. Antwon Rose, 17, was shot and killed Tuesday, running from a traffic stop in East Pittsburgh.

Protesters marched on Interstate 376, carrying signs that read "No justice, no peace, no racist police" and "Justice for Antwon." The demonstration shut down the highway for six hours Thursday night through Friday morning, WTAE-TV reported. At least one person was arrested.

Rose was a passenger in a car police suspected to be linked to a separate shooting Tuesday, police said. Police said Rose ran from the car after it was stopped. An officer then opened fire and struck him.

"The driver of the vehicle was ordered out by the officer and directed to the ground," the Allegheny County Police Department wrote in a Facebook post. "Two other occupants of the vehicle then bolted from the vehicle on foot. The East Pittsburgh officer fired his weapon, striking one of the fleeing suspects several times. The gunshot victim, a 17-year-old male, was transported to McKeesport hospital where he was pronounced deceased."

Allegheny police said the shooting was being investigated. The officer, identified as Michael H. Rosfeld, was placed on administrative leave. New to the department, Rosfeld had been sworn in just hours before the shooting Tuesday. His work history and background were also being investigated, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

"These facts, without more, simply leave very little room to justify the use of deadly force by this officer," family attorney S. Lee Merritt said, according to CNN.

The Allegheny County District Attorney's office confirmed Rose was unarmed but had an empty clip of a handgun in his pocket, The New York Times reported. Two guns were also found in the car.

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More than 200 people gather for a rally at the Allegheny County Courthouse in Pittsburgh on June 21 to protest the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen. Justin Merriman/Getty Images
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Malika Collins-Berry of Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, cries at a rally in front of Pittsburgh's Allegheny County Courthouse on June 21. Getty Images/Justin Merriman
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More than 200 people gathered for a rally to protest the fatal shooting of Antwon Rose, an unarmed black teen, at Pittsburgh's Allegheny County Courthouse on June 21. Justin Merriman/Getty Images
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The organizers called on Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. to bring criminal charges against the shooting officer. Justin Merriman/Getty Images
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From left: Lorde Watkins 6, and his brothers, Legend, 9, and Maceo, 10, join more than 200 people gathered for a rally to protest the fatal shooting of Antwon Rose, an unarmed black teen, at the Allegheny County Courthouse in Pittsburgh on June 21. Justin Merriman/Getty Images
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Dylan Rooke of Hazelwood joins more than 200 people gathered for a rally to protest the fatal shooting of Antwon Rose, an unarmed black teen, at Pittsburgh's Allegheny County Courthouse on June 21. Justin Merriman/Getty Images
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More than 200 people gathered for a rally to protest the fatal shooting of Antwon Rose, an unarmed black teen, at the Allegheny County Courthouse in Pittsburgh on June 21. Justin Merriman/Getty Images
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A crowd rallies in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of Antwon Rose by an East Pittsburgh police officer. Justin Merriman/Getty Images
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A woman holds a rose and a sign as she joins more than 200 people gathered for a rally to protest the fatal shooting of Antwon Rose at the Allegheny County Courthouse in Pittsburgh on June 21. Justin Merriman/Getty Images
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