STEFANIE DAZIO and JOHN ANTCZAK
An 18-year-old man who was killed by a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy last month was shot in the back five times, the family's lawyer said Wednesday.
Andres Guardado, who friends and relatives said had worked as a security guard in a body shop while learning to be a mechanic, was shot dead near the city of Gardena on June 18. The Attorney General is overseeing the investigation, and the sheriff's department didn't have a comment immediately on Wednesday.
The Guardado family commissioned an independent autopsy after the sheriff's department held the coroner's files "for safety". Lawyer Adam Shea made a statement demanding the release of the official autopsy and released a black and white photo of bullet holes in Guardado's back.
"Andres was a good boy, he was our son and he had so much life ahead of him. Our son didn't deserve to die that way, ”parents Cristobal and Elisa Guardado said in the statement.
Guardado also had a left forearm abrasion, according to the independent July 26 autopsy. Preliminary toxicological tests showed that the teenager had no drugs or alcohol in his system, the report said.
According to authorities, MPs have seen Guardado speak to someone in a car that is blocking a driveway, and that Guardado had a loaded "ghost" pistol that appeared to be made up of different parts, had no serial number, and had an illegal magazine with it had high capacity.
The department said Guardado saw the MPs and ran, which led to a chase. A MP shot at Guardado, who was hit in the upper body and died at the scene. No specific details were released on why the shootout took place. Investigators said they don't think Guardado shot MPs.
The sheriff department said he was too young to be admitted to the security guard and was not wearing a uniform.
The Los Angeles District regulator requested late last month that the District Inspector General inspect the investigation. The board also asked his lawyer to report alternative plans for an independent investigation.