An ex-con who saw his son killed last year in a shootout with two off-duty cops – then picked up his son’s gun and started shooting at officers – is now complaining that he is a victim.
On August 29, 2021, Michael Rosado was shooting at a man in the Valentine Avenue and East 180th Street area of the Bronx when cops responded and shot the shooter dead.
Rafael Rosado, 45, of the Bronx, then picked up his son’s gun and continued to fire 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 attempted murder shooting.
But prison is apparently too much for Rosado. On Monday, Rosado’s defense attorney, Pamela Itzkowitch, filed a motion in Bronx Supreme Court asking for his immediate release.
Rosado was unable to mourn his son properly, and the conditions inside Rikers made him suicidal, according to the petition.
Rosado has twice attempted suicide inside the prison, once in March by hanging himself in his cell, and last month, while under surveillance, by taking unidentified pills he found inside his apartment, according to the petition.
He also noted that 12 Rikers inmates have committed suicide since January 2021.
Rikers’ “traumatic and chaotic environment” does not help Rosado’s ability to deal with trauma and grief, psychologist Alexandra Riggs Garcia-Mansilla said in the petition.
“Mr. Rosado simply wishes to return home, mourn with his family, visit his son’s final resting place, and argue his case from a place where he is safe,” the petition reads.
Joseph Giacalone, a criminal justice professor at John Jay and a former NYPD sergeant, said Rosado’s lawyers are “trying to take advantage of weaknesses in the criminal justice system.”
He added that Rosado “takes a gun and starts shooting at the cops. What do you think he would do against the average citizen if he was willing to do that to the police? It would probably be in the interest of of everyone if he remained behind bars at Rikers.