Pittsburgh officer charged with criminal homicide of unarmed black teen

June 27 (Reuters) - An East Pittsburgh police officer has been charged with criminal homicide in last week's shooting death of an unarmed black teenager that sparked a wave of protests, a spokesman for local prosecutors said on Wednesday.

Officer Michael Rosfeld, 30, faces a single criminal count for the June 19 shooting death of 17-year-old Antwon Rose, Mike Manko, a spokesman for the Allegheny County District Attorney's office, said in an emailed response to Reuters.

Rosfeld has turned himself in, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reported. An attorney for the officer could not immediately be reached for comment.

Rose's death was the latest in a string of killings of black men by police that has triggered street protests and fueled a national debate about racial bias in the U.S. criminal justice system.

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PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 26: Family members of Antwon Rose II listen to Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner speak during a protest calling for justice for the 17-year-old on June 26, 2018 in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Rose was killed by an East Pittsburgh police officer June 19 when he fled on foot from a traffic stop and was shot three times in the back. Days of protest and unrest have continued in the wake of his death. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 26: Carmen Ashley, the great aunt of Antwon Rose II, cries during a protest calling for justice for the 17-year-old on June 26, 2018 in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Rose was killed by an East Pittsburgh police officer June 19 when he fled on foot from a traffic stop and was shot three times in the back. Days of protest and unrest have continued in the wake of his death. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 26: Family members of Antwon Rose II embrace as they listen to speakers during a protest calling for justice for the 17-year-old on June 26, 2018 in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Rose was killed by an East Pittsburgh police officer June 19 when he fled on foot from a traffic stop and was shot three times in the back. Days of protest and unrest have continued in the wake of his death. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 26: State Rep. Ed Gainey speaks during a protest calling for justice for Antwon Rose II on June 26, 2018 in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Rose was killed by an East Pittsburgh police officer June 19 when he fled on foot from a traffic stop and was shot three times in the back. Days of protest and unrest have continued in the wake of his death. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 26: Family members of Antwon Rose II embrace as they listen to speakers during a protest calling for justice for the 17-year-old on June 26, 2018 in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Rose was killed by an East Pittsburgh police officer June 19 when he fled on foot from a traffic stop and was shot three times in the back. Days of protest and unrest have continued in the wake of his death. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 26: Christian Carter, 18, of East Liberty speaks to a crowd as Carmen Ashley, the great aunt of Antwon Rose II, holds the memorial card from Rose's funeral during a protest calling for justice for the 17-year-old on June 26, 2018 in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Rose was killed by an East Pittsburgh police officer June 19 when he fled on foot from a traffic stop and was shot three times in the back. Days of protest and unrest have continued in the wake of his death. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 26: Carmen Ashley, the great aunt of Antwon Rose II, cries as she holds the memorial card from Rose's funeral during a protest calling for justice for the 17-year-old on June 26, 2018 in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Rose was killed by an East Pittsburgh police officer June 19 when he fled on foot from a traffic stop and was shot three times in the back. Days of protest and unrest have continued in the wake of his death. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 26: Carmen Ashley, the great aunt of Antwon Rose II, cries as she holds the memorial card from Rose's funeral during a protest calling for justice for the 17-year-old on June 26, 2018 in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Rose was killed by an East Pittsburgh police officer June 19 when he fled on foot from a traffic stop and was shot three times in the back. Days of protest and unrest have continued in the wake of his death. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 26: Carmen Ashley, the great aunt of Antwon Rose II, is embraced during a protest a day after the funeral for Rose on June 26, 2018 in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Rose was killed by an East Pittsburgh police officer June 19 when he fled on foot from a traffic stop and was shot three times in the back. Days of protest and unrest have continued in the wake of his death. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 26: Carmen Ashley, the great aunt of Antwon Rose II, cries during a protest a day after the funeral for Antwon on June 26, 2018 in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Rose was killed by an East Pittsburgh police officer June 19 when he fled on foot from a traffic stop and was shot three times in the back. Days of protest and unrest have continued in the wake of his death. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 26: A demonstrator holds up a sign that reads 'Justice for Antwon Rose' during a protest a day after the funeral for Rose on June 26, 2018 in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Rose was killed by an East Pittsburgh police officer June 19 when he fled on foot from a traffic stop and was shot three times in the back. Days of protest and unrest have continued in the wake of his death. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 26: Trey Willis, 32, of Washington, Pennsylvania marches during a protest a day after the funeral for Antwon Rose II on June 26, 2018 in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Rose was killed by an East Pittsburgh police officer June 19 when he fled on foot from a traffic stop and was shot three times in the back. Days of protest and unrest have continued in the wake of his death. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 26: Nina Paige, 26, of Homewood, Pennsylvania leads a protest a day after the funeral for Antwon Rose II that blocked streets on June 26, 2018 in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Rose was killed by an East Pittsburgh police officer June 19 when he fled on foot from a traffic stop and was shot three times in the back. Days of protest and unrest have continued in the wake of his death. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 26: Trey Willis, 32, of Washington, Pennsylvania marches during a protest a day after the funeral for Antwon Rose II on June 26, 2018 in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Rose was killed by an East Pittsburgh police officer June 19 when he fled on foot from a traffic stop and was shot three times in the back. Days of protest and unrest have continued in the wake of his death. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 26: Trey Willis, 32, of Washington, Pennsylvania marches during a protest a day after the funeral for Antwon Rose II on June 26, 2018 in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Rose was killed by an East Pittsburgh police officer June 19 when he fled on foot from a traffic stop and was shot three times in the back. Days of protest and unrest have continued in the wake of his death. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 26: Marie Hudzinski, a cousin of Antwon Rose II, yells at an angry motorist at a protest a day after the funeral of Rose that blocked streets on June 26, 2018 in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Rose was killed by an East Pittsburgh police officer on June 19 when he fled on foot from a traffic stop and was shot three times in the back. Days of protest and unrest have continued in the wake of his death. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 26: Chantel Wilkerson, 24, of Braddock, Pennsylvania joins a protest a day after the funeral of Antwon Rose II on June 26, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Rose was killed by an East Pittsburgh police officer on June 19 when he fled on foot from a traffic stop and was shot three times in the back. Days of protest and unrest have continued in the wake of his death. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 26: Construction workers who walked off the job join a protest a day after the funeral of Antwon Rose II on June 26, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Rose was killed by an East Pittsburgh police officer on June 19 when he fled on foot from a traffic stop and was shot three times in the back. Days of protest and unrest have continued in the wake of his death. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 26: A demonstrator holds up a sign during a protest a day after the funeral of Antwon Rose II on June 26, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Rose was killed by an East Pittsburgh police officer on June 19 when he fled on foot from a traffic stop and was shot three times in the back. Days of protest and unrest have followed his death. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 26: People protest a day after the funeral of Antwon Rose II in front of the Allegheny County Courthouse on June 26, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Rose was killed by an East Pittsburgh police officer on June 19 when he fled on foot from a traffic stop and was shot three times in the back. Days of protest and unrest have followed his death. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 26: Lorenzo Rulli, 22, of McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, holds his fist in the air as demonstrators stop traffic a day after the funeral of Antwon Rose II on June 26, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Rose was killed by an East Pittsburgh police officer on June 19 when he fled on foot from a traffic stop and was shot three times in the back. Days of protest and unrest have followed his death. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 26: Organizer Nicky Jo Dawson leads a protest a day after the funeral of Antwon Rose II on June 26, 2018 on the steps of the Allegheny County Courthouse in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Rose was killed by an East Pittsburgh police officer on June 19 when he fled on foot from a traffic stop and was shot three times in the back. Days of protest and unrest have followed his death. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 26: Lorenzo Rulli, 22, of McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania pauses in the street as demonstrators stop traffic a day after the funeral of Antwon Rose II on June 26, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Rose was killed by an East Pittsburgh police officer on June 19 when he fled on foot from a traffic stop and was shot three times in the back. Days of protest and unrest have followed his death. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 26: Protesters block an intersection a day after the funeral of Antwon Rose II on June 26, 2018 in Downtown, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Rose was killed by an East Pittsburgh police officer on June 19 when he fled on foot from a traffic stop and was shot three times in the back. Days of protest and unrest have followed his death. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 26: Christian Carter (L), 18, of East Liberty, Pennsylvania marches with Marie Hudzinski and her children, Trayce, 13, and Alisia, 7, cousins of Antwon Rose II, as they join a protest a day after the funeral of Rose on June 26, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Rose was killed by an East Pittsburgh police officer June 19 when he fled on foot from a traffic stop and was shot three times in the back. Days of protest and unrest have followed his death. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 26: Lorenzo Rulli, 22, of McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, stands in the street as demonstrators stop traffic a day after the funeral of Antwon Rose II on June 26, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Rose was killed by an East Pittsburgh police officer on June 19 when he fled on foot from a traffic stop and was shot three times in the back. Days of protest and unrest have followed his death. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 26: Christian Carter, 18, of East Liberty, Pennsylvania, leads protesters a day after the funeral of Antwon Rose II on June 26, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Rose was killed by an East Pittsburgh police officer on June 19 after he fled on foot from a traffic stop and was shot three times in the back. Days of protest and unrest have continued in the wake of his death. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 23: Protestors join a march for the police shooting of Antwon Rose during a Juneteenth celebration on June 23, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Rose, an unarmed black teenager, was shot Tuesday night, leading to protests and outraged across the city. Juneteenth commemorates the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. state of Texas. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 23: Rev. William Baker, his wife, Denise, and children, left to right, Uriah, 6, William, 3, and Noah, 5, stand and watch a march for the police shooting of Antwon Rose during a Juneteenth celebration on June 23, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Rose, an unarmed black teenager, was shot Tuesday night, leading to protests and outraged across the city. Juneteenth commemorates the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. state of Texas. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 23: A man wears a sticker with a photo of Antwon Rose as he joins a protest for the police shooting of Rose during a Juneteenth celebration on June 23, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Rose, an unarmed black teenager, was shot Tuesday night, leading to protests and outraged across the city. Juneteenth commemorates the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. state of Texas. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 23: Protestors join a march for the police shooting of Antwon Rose during a Juneteenth celebration on June 23, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Rose, an unarmed black teenager, was shot Tuesday night, leading to protests and outraged across the city. Juneteenth commemorates the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. state of Texas. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)
SWISSVALE, PA - JUNE, 25: Mourners leave Woodland Hills Intermediate School after the funeral of Antwon Rose II on Monday, June 25, 2018 in Swissvale, Pa. Rose was killed by an East Pittsburgh police officer on Tuesday, June 19. (Photo by Justin Merriman/For The Washington Post via Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 21: More than 200 people gathered for a rally to protest the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen at the Allegheny County Courthouse on June 21, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The rally comes in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of Antwon Rose by an East Pittsburgh police officer Tuesday night as the 17-year-old ran after being stopped by police in a vehicle suspected of being involved in an earlier shooting. The organizers called on Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. to bring criminal charges against the officer. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 23: A man holds a photo of Antwon Rose as he joins a protest for the police shooting of Rose during a Juneteenth celebration on June 23, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Rose, an unarmed black teenager, was shot Tuesday night, leading to protests and outraged across the city. Juneteenth commemorates the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. state of Texas. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 23: A woman holds a sign remembering Antwon Rose who was killed in a police shooting on Tuesday as she joins people gathered for Juneteenth celebrations on June 23, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After days of protests and outrage over the death of the 17-year-old unarmed black teenager, protestors continued to call for justice as they marched through the city. Juneteenth commemorates the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. state of Texas. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 21: Shonta Hester of Rankin holds a sign as she joins more than 200 people gathered for a rally to protest the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen at the Allegheny County Courthouse on June 21, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The rally comes in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of Antwon Rose by an East Pittsburgh police officer Tuesday night as the 17-year-old ran after being stopped by police in a vehicle suspected of being involved in an earlier shooting. The organizers called on Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. to bring criminal charges against the officer. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 21: A woman holds a rose and a sign for Antwon Rose as she joins more than 200 people gathered for a rally to protest the fatal shooting of Rose at the Allegheny County Courthouse on June 21, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The rally comes in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of Antwon Rose by an East Pittsburgh police officer Tuesday night as the 17-year-old ran after being stopped by police in a vehicle suspected of being involved in an earlier shooting. The organizers called on Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. to bring criminal charges against the officer. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 21: More than 200 people gathered for a rally to protest the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen at the Allegheny County Courthouse on June 21, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The rally comes in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of Antwon Rose by an East Pittsburgh police officer Tuesday night as the 17-year-old ran after being stopped by police in a vehicle suspected of being involved in an earlier shooting. The organizers called on Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. to bring criminal charges against the officer. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 21: Lorde Watkins (L), 6, and his brothers, Legend (C), 9, and Maceo, 10, join more than 200 people gathered for a rally to protest the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen at the Allegheny County Courthouse on June 21, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The rally comes in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of Antwon Rose by an East Pittsburgh police officer Tuesday night when the 17-year-old ran after being stopped by police in a vehicle suspected of being involved in an earlier shooting. The organizers called on Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. to bring criminal charges against the officer. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 21: More than 200 people gathered for a rally to protest the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen at the Allegheny County Courthouse on June 21, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The rally comes in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of Antwon Rose by an East Pittsburgh police officer Tuesday night as the 17-year-old ran after being stopped by police in a vehicle suspected of being involved in an earlier shooting. The organizers called on Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. to bring criminal charges against the officer. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 21: More than 200 people gathered for a rally to protest the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen at the Allegheny County Courthouse on June 21, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The rally comes in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of Antwon Rose by an East Pittsburgh police officer Tuesday night when the 17-year-old ran after being stopped by police in a vehicle suspected of being involved in an earlier shooting. The organizers called on Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. to bring criminal charges against the officer. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 21: More than 200 people gather for a rally to protest the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen at the Allegheny County Courthouse on June 21, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The rally comes in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of Antwon Rose by an East Pittsburgh police officer Tuesday night when the 17-year-old ran after being stopped by police in a vehicle suspected of being involved in an earlier shooting. The organizers called on Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. to bring criminal charges against the officer. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 21: Michale Taylor (R), 18, of Turtle Creek, cries as she stands at a rally with More than 200 people gathered for a rally to protest the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen at the Allegheny County Courthouse on June 21, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The rally comes in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of Antwon Rose by an East Pittsburgh police officer Tuesday night when the 17-year-old ran after being stopped by police in a vehicle suspected of being involved in an earlier shooting. The organizers called on Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. to bring criminal charges against the officer. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 21: Malika Collins-Berry of Wilkinsburg, Pa., listens at a rally in front of the Allegheny County Courthouse on June 21, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. More than 200 people gathered in the aftermath of a fatal shooting of Antwon Rose by an East Pittsburgh police officer Tuesday night when the 17-year-old ran after being stopped by police in a vehicle suspected of being involved in an earlier shooting. The organizers called on Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. to bring criminal charges against the officer. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 21: Leon Ford Jr., who was shot and paralyzed by Pittsburgh police, spoke from a wheelchair at a rally on the stairs of the Allegheny County Courthouse on June 21, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. More than 200 people gathered in the aftermath of a fatal shooting of Antwon Rose by an East Pittsburgh police officer Tuesday night when the 17-year-old ran after being stopped by police in a vehicle suspected of being involved in an earlier shooting. The organizers called on Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. to bring criminal charges against the officer. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 21: More than 200 people gather for a rally to protest the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen at the Allegheny County Courthouse on June 21, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The protest comes following the fatal shooting of Antwon Rose by an East Pittsburgh police officer Tuesday night when the 17-year-old ran after being stopped by police in a vehicle suspected of being involved in an earlier shooting. The organizers called on Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. to bring criminal charges against the officer. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 21: More than 200 people gather for a rally to protest the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen at the Allegheny County Courthouse on June 21, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The protest comes following the fatal shooting of Antwon Rose by an East Pittsburgh police officer Tuesday night when the 17-year-old ran after being stopped by police in a vehicle suspected of being involved in an earlier shooting. The organizers called on Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. to bring criminal charges against the officer. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)
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Video footage of the shooting circulated widely online and showed two men running away from a car that had been stopped by police. Both men appeared to fall to the ground as gunfire was heard.

Four people were arrested during a largely peaceful protest on Friday over the incident. (Reporting by Peter Szekely and Barbara Goldberg in New York; Editing by Scott Malone and Bernadette Baum)

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