NYC man who shot at police wants release from Rikers

An ex-con who saw his son killed last year in a firefight with two off-duty cops — and then picked up his son’s gun and started blasting away at the officers — is now whining that he’s a victim.

On Aug. 29, 2021, Michael Rosado was firing shots at a man in the area of Valentine Avenue and East 180th Street in the Bronx, when the cops intervened and took down the gunman.

Rafael Rosado, 45, of the Bronx then picked up his son’s weapon and continued firing at police. Neither officer was hit and Rosado was arrested at the scene.

Rosado, who had 28 prior arrests, has been at Rikers Island awaiting trial since the shooting on an attempted murder charge.

But the jail is apparently too much for Rosado. On Monday, Rosado’s defense attorney, Pamela Itzkowitch, submitted a petition in Bronx Supreme Court demanding his immediate release.

Rosado has not been able to properly grieve his son, and conditions inside Rikers have made him suicidal, the petition argues.

Rosado's death caused his father to pick up the gun and fire at police.
Michael Rosado was fatally shot by police after he opened fire.

Rosado has tried to commit suicide twice inside the jail, once in March by hanging himself in his cell, and last month, while on suicide watch, by taking unidentified pills he found inside his housing unit, according to the petition.

It also noted that 12 Rikers inmates have committed suicide since January 2021.

The “retraumatizing and chaotic environment” of Rikers doesn’t help with Rosado’s ability to deal with trauma and grief, psychologist Alexandra Riggs Garcia-Mansilla claimed in the petition. 

Rosado has been on Rikers since Aug. 29, 2021.
Rafael Rosado shot at police after they killed his son in a shootout.

The shooting occurred on Valentine Avenue and E 180th Street in the Bronx.
Rosado’s lawyers claim the conditions on Rikers have prevented him from mourning his son.

Rosado has 28 prior arrests.
Rosado has tried to commit suicide twice in Rikers so far this year.

“Mr. Rosado merely wishes to go home, to grieve with his family, to visit his son’s final resting place, and to fight his case from a place where he is safe,” the petition states. 

Joseph Giacalone, a John Jay Criminal Justice professor and former NYPD sergeant, said Rosado’s lawyers “are trying to take advantage of the weaknesses in the criminal justice system.”

He added, Rosado “picks up a gun and starts shooting at the cops. What do you think he would do against the average citizen if he’s willing to do this to the police? It would probably be in everybody’s best interest if he stays behind bars in Rikers.”

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