An autopsy performed by an independent forensic pathologist on the body of 18-year-old Andres Guardado has found that the teen was shot five times in the back by sheriff’s deputies, a law firm representing the family reported Wednesday.
“Andres was fatally shot five times in the back and suffered a graze abrasion to his left forearm with a forward trajectory,” according to the statement released by Panish Shea & Boyle LLP. “Additionally, preliminary forensic toxicology results have confirmed that Andres did not have any drugs or alcohol in his system at the time of the incident.”
Guardado was shot around 6 p.m. June 18 near the 400 block of West Redondo Beach Boulevard. Sheriff’s officials have said two patrol deputies were at the scene when Guardado pulled out a handgun, then began running. Deputies chased him and caught up with him in an alley, and one deputy fired six shots.
Guardado was pronounced dead at the scene. Sheriff’s officials said a weapon was discovered at the scene — an unregistered .40-caliber semi- automatic pistol with a polymer frame and no serial number, a Smith & Wesson slide and a prohibited 15-round Glock magazine.
Relatives have said Guardado was working as an informal security guard for an auto body shop in the area, and was doing so when he was approached by the deputies.
“An autopsy performed on Andres by the L.A. County Medical Examiner was immediately placed on a security hold by the Sheriff’s Department, leaving his family without answers,” Angela Bailey, director of public relations for Panish Shea & Boyle LLP, said in a statement Wednesday.
“At the family’s request, a second autopsy was performed on Andres by an independent forensic pathologist which was completed on June 26, 2020,” Bailey said.
The second autopsy was performed by “renowned independent Forensic Pathologist/Neuropathologist Dr. Bennet I. Omalu,” the law firm’s statement said.
“The Guardado family, and their attorneys, believe that the preliminary findings from the second autopsy prove that Andres’ death was, without a doubt, the result of unjustified police violence against an innocent young man,” the law firm’s statement said.
“It has been 20 days since Andres was tragically gunned down by a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy,” said attorney Nicholas Yoka. “We are once again imploring the Sheriff’s Department to step forward, release the Medical Examiner’s autopsy report and do the right thing by this family.”
Guardado’s parents, Ciristobal and Elisa Guardado, released the following statement via the law firm:
“These findings confirm what we have known all along, which is that Andres was unjustifiably killed by a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy. Andres was a good boy, he was our son and he had so much life ahead of him. Our son did not deserve to die this way. We understand that there is still a long way to go, but we are going to continue to keep fighting for justice for Andres. We want to ensure that other families do not have to suffer as we have. We ask that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department release their security hold on the autopsy report and all other evidence they have. We want answers. We would like to thank everyone for their support during these difficult times. Last weekend, in a ceremony surrounded by all the people that loved Andres, we laid Andres to rest. We will not rest, however, until Andres gets justice.”