LOS ANGELES (KTLA) -- A man shot and killed by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies near Gardena Thursday was an 18-year-old security guard hired to protect a shop from taggers, family and witnesses told KTLA.
Deputies from the Compton sheriff’s station saw the man, identified by family as Andres Guardado, shortly before 6 p.m. in the 400 block of Redondo Beach Boulevard, an unincorporated area near West Compton.
“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.
Guardado was struck in the torso and he died at the scene, where a handgun was recovered, authorities said. The Sheriff’s Department said it’s continuing the investigation into the shooting. The deputies did not wear body cameras and investigators are hoping to find surveillance video from nearby businesses, Sheriff’s Lt. Charles Calderaro told the Associated Press.
Calderaro said Guardado, 18, was not a licensed security guard, nor was he wearing a uniform or any marked clothing, the L.A. Times reports. He said the handgun found at the scene was not registered.