• What we know about Zaijuan Hester, suspect in N. Braddock drive-by shooting

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    The teenager police say opened fire from a car in North Braddock minutes before Antwon Rose was shot and killed by an East Pittsburgh police officer is Zaijuan Hester.

    Here’s what we know about him:

    • Hester, 17, was allegedly in the back seat of a car driven by an unidentified man when police say he fired several shots at pedestrians in North Braddock on the night of June 19.

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    • When Officer Michael Rosfeld pulled that car over minutes later, Hester and Rose – who was sitting in the front seat – fled on foot as Rosfeld handcuffed the driver. Rosfeld fired three shots, all of which hit Rose. Hester got away.
    • Hester’s relationship to Rose is not clear at this point.
    • On June 25, Allegheny County police arrested Hester in a Hill District apartment, where he had been hiding with a 19-year-old woman, on a probation violation. Police say he had cut off his ankle monitor from a previous juvenile criminal case.
    • Hester is currently in the Shuman Detention Center, charged as an adult with attempted homicide, aggravated assault, receiving stolen property, possession of a firearm by a minor and person not to possess a firearm in connection with the North Braddock shooting.


     

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