Written by AARON CASTREJON
COVINA - Police arrived en mas Thursday night to a neighborhood to quell a group of protestors who reportedly found the home of the deputy who fatally shot an 18-year-old man in Gardena.
The deputy reportedly lives in the area of Hollenbeck Avenue and San Bernardino Road. Protesters stood in the street, on the sidewalk and walked all over the front yard of a home believed to belong to Miguel Vega July 30.
Police from Covina, Glendora, Azusa and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department arrived to push back protestors who left behind signs at the home. Most, if not all, of the signs were removed by police.
In a video posted to social media, law enforcement could be seen going in and out of the home, talking to whoever was inside.
Deputies descended on Andres Guardado, who was employed as a security guard, at a Gardena business June 18.
Deputies claim they saw a gun on Guadardo’s person. Guardado ran from deputies a brief distance into an alley. He was shot and killed by deputy gunfire.
A gun was reportedly found in Guardado’s possession. Deputies allege he reached for his weapon during the foot pursuit.
Guardado’s death has strained the somewhat current tenuous relationship between law enforcement and the public, amidst calls for defunding law enforcement and amidst destructive protests and rioting.
Compounding the investigation is the allegations that shortly after shooting Guardado, deputies ripped surveillance cameras from a nearby business without a search warrant.
A security hold was placed on the autopsy report for Guardado — a standard procedure in police shooting investigations, but the very public family squabble between embattled Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva and County authorities took an unexpected turn.
The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner defied the Sheriff’s security request and made public the preliminary results. Guardado was shot five times in the back, according to the coroner report.
An independent autopsy confirmed the county coroner’s findings.
Written by AARON CASTREJON
COVINA - Homicide detectives are investigating the circumstances that led to police opening fire on an armed, barricaded suspect Thursday night.
Authorities opened fire on the suspect around 12:43 a.m. and the suspect went down with undisclosed injuries. It was roughly 10 minutes before police approached him since they believed he still held a shotgun, according to Sheriff’s radio traffic.
Los Angeles County firefighters arrived to the 300 block of Vincent Avenue regarding a grass fire call in a field around 9:21 p.m. and encountered a suspect armed with a shotgun. Law enforcement was called and firefighters retreated.
The suspect evaded authorities while fleeing from yard to yard in the 4000 block of Morada Place, and occasionally fired his shotgun. It is unclear if the suspect intentionally fired at authorities.
Nearby residents were evacuated while the suspect roamed the neighborhood.
Law enforcement from West Covina and deputies from surrounding Sheriff’s stations assisted Covina Police.