Family of 18-year-old fatally shot by deputies in Gardena calls for independent investigation



    LOS ANGELES -- A man shot and killed by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies near Gardena Thursday was an 18-year-old security guard hired to protect a shop from taggers, family and witnesses told KTLA.

    Deputies from the Compton sheriff’s station saw the man, identified by family as Andres Guardado, shortly before 6 p.m. in the 400 block of Redondo Beach Boulevard, an unincorporated area near West Compton.

    “The suspect looked toward the deputies and produced a firearm then proceeded to run south bound between two businesses,” the Sheriff’s Department said in a news release Friday.

    The deputies chased the man on foot and at least one ended up shooting at him.

    Guardado was struck in the torso and he died at the scene, where a handgun was recovered, authorities said. The Sheriff’s Department said it’s continuing the investigation into the shooting. The deputies did not wear body cameras and investigators are hoping to find surveillance video from nearby businesses, Sheriff’s Lt. Charles Calderaro told the Associated Press.

    Calderaro said Guardado, 18, was not a licensed security guard, nor was he wearing a uniform or any marked clothing, the L.A. Times reports. He said the handgun found at the scene was not registered.

HIS FAMILY SAID

The family of an 18-year-old who was fatally shot by a sheriff's deputy in Gardena on Thursday is demanding answers and calling for an independent investigation into his death.

Andres Guardado, who authorities say was armed, was shot and killed in the area of Redondo Beach Boulevard and Figueroa Street. Authorities said deputies from the Compton sheriff's station were patrolling the area when they spotted the man. When the man saw the deputies, he allegedly pulled a handgun.

Friends, family and community members gathered near the scene of the shooting on Friday to demand justice for the shooting, which they say was completely unjustified.

"Why would a deputy shooting him seven times behind his back? What a cowardly move is that. He couldn't even see the person that was going to shoot him," said his sister.

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