An independent autopsy finds that Andres Guardado was shot 5 times in the back — and died from the gunshot wounds. An LA County sheriff's deputy shot and killed him on June 18. 'Our son did not deserve to die this way,' his family says. 'We want answers.'
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has put a hold on the medical examiner's official autopsy report while it investigates the deputy-involved shooting. The family wants that report released.
David McNew/AFP via Getty Imageshide captiontoggle captionDavid McNew/AFP via Getty ImagesActivists and relatives of Andres Guardado, who was shot and killed by an LA County sheriff's deputy in Gardena, called for justice last month. An independent autopsy has found Guardado was shot five times in the back.
David McNew/AFP via Getty ImagesAndres Guardado was killed on June 18 after multiple shots were fired by a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy. An independent autopsy, performed at the request of his family, has found that the 18-year-old Guardado was shot five times in the back, and died as a result of these gunshot wounds.
Andres' parents, Cristobal and Elisa Guardado, said the autopsy confirms"what we have known all along, which is that Andres was unjustifiably killed by a Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy."The preliminary forensic toxicology results also found that Guardado had no drugs or alcohol in his system at the time of the incident.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has put a hold on the official autopsy report from the LA County medical examiner while the department's homicide division investigates.Days of demonstrationsfollowed Guardado's killing, with protesters demanding justice.
"Andres was a good boy, he was our son and he had so much life ahead of him," his parents said in a statement."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."
Commander Chris Marks of the LA County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday that the hold on the official autopsy was necessary while investigators conduct witness interviews, so that the investigation is not tainted."We do understand the desire of the Guardado family to have answers sooner rather than later," Marks said in a media briefing Wednesday afternoon."We also accept and understand our obligation to be transparent. Simultaneously, we are conducting a homicide investigation. All officer-involved shootings that result in a death are just in fact that – a homicide investigation. We take our obligation to gather all facts and protect the integrity of a homicide investigation very seriously."
Marks says that two officers, whom he declined to name, were involved in the incident: one who fired six shots, and another who did not fire his weapon. The officer who did not fire any shots has been interviewed by investigators, but the officer who fired the shots has not yet done so.
Marks offered few details of the incident, citing the ongoing investigation. The shooting took place in Gardena, Calif., in southwestern LA County."What's been reported to us preliminarily is that the deputies observed Guardado with a firearm. And the firearm was recovered at the scene," he said, adding that there is no indication that Guardado fired any shots. The officers were in a marked patrol car and wore full uniforms, he said.
The sheriff's department says it may release the official autopsy report once it completes the interviews for its investigation.But the Guardado family doesn't want to wait any longer. Read more: NPR »
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AndresGuardado has eleven wounds. Six shell casings were recovered by LASDs. Seven wounds were from the five bullets fired into his back, some thru his torso. That leaves both arms, his low stomach and the back of his head to have somehow all be grazed by the remaining bullet StevESPNKim mariolopezviva what you guys think? Is this too sjw
CAN YOU DRAW A STRAIGHT LINE? AndresGuardado was murdered by lying deputies who smashed cameras in panicked aftermath, to buy time for LASD to obtain & plant an untraceable throw-down gun near the body. Draw the line. Draw it straight to justice. EclecticMommaZ If Andres Guardado’s story doesn’t make your heart ache then you might be lacking in humanity.
Nothing will change, people will continue to be killed but police and other people So sad for your loss, may he rest in peace. The LA Sheriff is stonewalling, this is a problem LA County residents have been faced with for decades. There has never been a time that LASD cooperated with officer involved death situations.
This is very troubling, the young man was shot 5 times in the back tells us he was running away. Both deputies body cam happen to be off. The tape collected was destroyed. Tells the story, unfortunately nothing is going to happen to the deputy, who shot him, this is shameful. What the Hell!!! Only a coward shoots someone in the back!
What the Hell!! Natalia Wallace's life mattered. I'm sure the security cameras thr LA Sherrif deputies smashed and the dvr they stole will completely back up their story. He had a gun. You have a gun you die. End of story. “deputies observed Guardado with a firearm. And the firearm was recovered at the scene,'
Andres Guardado was shot five times in the back, family autopsy findsLos abogados que representan a la familia de Andrés Guardado, quien fue matado por un diputado del sheriff en Gardena, dijeron que una autopsia independiente descubrió que el joven de 18 años recibió cinco disparos en la espalda. This is America, you should be writing these in English His life mattered....smdh... PeterNavarro45
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