Los Angeles Police Fatally Shot 18-Year-Old Security Guard

18-year-old fatally shot by LA County sheriff’s deputy

A sheriff’s deputy fatally shot a man authorities say was armed and who ran away from deputies in Gardena. Family identified the man killed as 18-year-old Andres Guardado, and witnesses say he was armed because he worked as a security guard.

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Family members and local activists gathered Friday to call for justice for an 18-year-old man who was shot and killed by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies near Gardena.

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

Guardado was working as a security guard hired to protect a store from taggers at the time, family and witnesses told KTLA. But officials said he didn’t appear to be wearing a uniform and detectives don’t believe he was a licensed security guard.

“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. It’s unclear what he was suspected of.

The deputies then followed the young man on foot and at least one ended up shooting at him, though it’s unclear what prompted the use of force.

“At the conclusion, the deputies contacted the suspect and a deputy involved shooting occurred,” the department said, without elaborating. Source