An investigation is underway Friday into the fatal shooting of an armed suspect who fled from Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies near Gardena when — according to the man who employed him as a security guard — law enforcement personnel pulled “their guns on him and he ran because he was scared.”
The shooting occurred just before 6 p.m. Thursday in the 400 block of West Redondo Beach Boulevard, near Figueroa Street, in the unincorporated West Compton area, according to Deputy James Nagao.
Andres Guardado Pineda, 18, of Los Angeles died at the scene, according to the coroner’s office.
Deputies from the Compton Station were patrolling the area when they spotted the suspect, Lt. Charles Calderaro told reporters at the scene.
“Deputies observed the individual, at which point he observed the deputies,” Calderaro said. “The individual then produced a hand gun and began running southbound away from the deputies through businesses nearby.
“Deputies engaged in a short foot pursuit between the two businesses,” Calderaro said. “At some point, deputies contacted the suspect and that’s when the deputy-involved shooting occurred.”
The young man was struck by gunfire in the upper body and pronounced dead at the scene, Nagao said. No deputies were injured.
Only one deputy fired at him, and it was unclear if the suspect fired at deputies, the department said.
According to KCAL9, the fatally wounded man worked as a security guard at Freeway Body Shop, 420 W. Redondo Beach Blvd., near where the shooting occurred.
The owner of the shop, Andrew Heney, told the station he can’t understand why the young man was shot.
“We had security out front because we had certain issues with people tagging and stuff like that, and then the police come up and they pull their guns on him and he ran because he was scared and they shot and killed him,” Heney said.
“He has a clean background and everything, there’s no reason (for the shooting).”
The fatally wounded man was not wearing a security guard uniform at the time deputies spotted him, and a gun was recovered at the scene, Calderaro said.
Investigations by the Sheriff’s Homicide and Internal Affairs bureaus were underway, as is policy whenever a deputy-involved shooting occurs.
The incident soon gave rise to elements of social unrest. A demonstration will take place at 6 p.m. at the corner of Figueroa and West Redondo Beach Blvd. in Gardena, according to a statement reporting that “Black and Brown Community organizations unite to denounce killings of two men by the LA County Sheriff’s Department in less than 48 hours.”
The two men are the one who was killed Friday, Andres Guardado Pineda, and Terron Jammal Boone, a 31-year-old spousal abuse and kidnapping suspect killed in a battle with Major Crime bureau detectives from the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department in the Kern County town of Garamond on Wednesday. In that encounter, the suspect was reported to have fired a weapon and, in fact, to have fired the first shots. He was later identified as a half brother of Robert Fuller, the 24-year-old Black man found hanged from a tree in Palmdale last week.
Friday evening’s demonstration will be organized by Union del Barrio, the Harriet Tubman Center for Social Justice, and “various other community-based organizations,” the statement said, adding:
“Our demands will be: 1) Justice for Andres Guardado and his family! 2) Jail for all killer cops and sheriffs. 3) Community Control of the police/sheriffs.”
Anyone wishing to attend the demonstration will have to make use of facial covering and maintain social distancing, the statement said.
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