Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Miguel Vega will “give an interview in the next week to 10 days,” his lawyer Adam Marangell instructed CNN.
Guardado’s loss of life on June 18 sparked outcry throughout Los Angeles, along with his household and others demanding justice. The capturing occurred amid weeks of demonstrations following the loss of life of George Floyd, a Black man who died within the arms of Minneapolis police in late May.
The deputies pursued Guardado after he “produced a handgun,” seemed towards the deputies and ran from the entrance of an auto physique store, mentioned Captain Kent Wegener, of the LASD Homicide Bureau, after the capturing.
“Guardado refused multiple commands not to reach for a gun, forcing deputy Vega to fire his weapon in fear for his life,” Marangell instructed CNN on Friday.
Guardado’s household has mentioned he was working as a safety guard on the auto physique store. The household, in addition to the City of Compton, is demanding the sheriff’s division present extra details about what occurred.
Deputies ‘are very sorry for the lack of life,’ lawyer says
Tom Yu, an lawyer representing Hernandez, individually recounted his shopper’s assertion to investigators, echoing Wegener’s feedback that the deputies have been driving by the auto store, the place an assault had been reported every week earlier.
“They were providing extra patrols in the area to ensure the safety of the citizens there,” Yu mentioned.
“They drove by and they saw a car in front, with Guardado talking to some females there outside the car. The deputies saw the butt of a firearm sticking out of the waistband of Guardado’s pants. The deputies approached Guardado and he starts running down the alley, or driveway.”
According to Yu, Vega gave Guardado “a command to ‘get on the ground, do not reach for that gun.'” Though the teenager bought on the bottom, he nonetheless had “access to his firearm,” Yu mentioned.
“The deputies saw the butt of a firearm sticking out of the waistband of Guardado’s pants,” Yu continued. “The deputies approached Guardado and he starts running down the alley, or driveway. Vega is in front of my client and he gives Guardado a command to ‘get on the ground, do not reach for that gun.’ Guardado prones-out, he’s on the ground but he has access to his firearm. My client can see (only) half of Guardado’s body because his view is blocked by a wall.”
“Because Guardado is not listening to commands and reaches for the firearm, Vega is in fear for his life,” Yu added. “Vega had nowhere to go, no cover.”
Yu known as the incident “a justified shooting that happened at the wrong time.”
“They were trying to conduct extra patrols,” Yu mentioned. “They are very sorry for the loss of life, sorry for the (Guardado) family. They did not go to work that morning to harm people, they just wanted to go home after their shift to their families.”
Attorneys representing the Guardado household disputed the claims by the deputies’ attorneys.
“There is zero evidence supporting any claim that Andres Guardado was not responding to deputy commands — his death is the result of an unwarranted and unjustified killing,” Adam Shea, an lawyer representing the household, instructed CNN.
Autopsy report on ‘safety maintain’
A makeshift shrine fashioned outdoors the autobody store in Gardena, California, on June 21, the place mourners left bouquets of flowers, balloons, notes and photos of Guardado.
As the group and his household proceed to mourn, they’re additionally searching for solutions.
“The Guardado family is again requesting full transparency from the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department and the immediate release of the autopsy report,” Shea mentioned.
The maintain was positioned on Guardado’s post-mortem report amid calls for for an unbiased investigation into the capturing.
Guardado’s physique was scheduled to be examined that day however with the maintain, it could possibly be a while earlier than the outcomes are launched to the general public.
The maintain might final for “months to years, depending on the investigation and the agency,” in accordance with Ardalani.
“They are clearly hiding information because they know they are in the wrong,” mentioned Nicholas Yoka, a second lawyer representing the Guardado household.
“These statements raise more questions than answers and confirm our belief that Andres presented no threat whatsoever to these officers. We believe that once our investigation is complete, we will demonstrate beyond any doubt that this was an act of unjustified police violence against another innocent young man.”
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva instructed CNN final Thursday that releasing the post-mortem outcomes would taint witness testimony.
He added following process and protocols takes time, and that detectives wish to hear and acquire all of the proof.