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Andres Guardado, 18
Los Angeles, California
June 18, 2020

Agencies: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department California LASD

Last updated: 3 days ago

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A security guard has been shot dead by police in California after 'producing a handgun' and fleeing the scene when approached by officers 'because he was scared'. 

Andres Guardado, 18, was standing outside the autobody shop where he worked in Gardena, in the South Bay region of Los Angeles, guarding against graffiti taggers on Thursday evening. 

The Hispanic teenager allegedly spotted officers patrolling the area just before 6pm, and investigators say they saw him flash a hand gun before taking off. 

His boss told reporters Guardado had a clean record, and that the approaching sheriffs pulled their own guns on the teenager, which scared him into fleeing the scene.  

Officers began chasing him on foot southbound before a deputy fired a gun 'at least several times', striking Guardado's upper torso and killing him.

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In June 2020, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said that he reached out to the California Attorney General’s Office to monitor the investigation into the deadly shooting.

As of 10 days after the killing, the deputy had not yet spoken to investigators. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Miguel Vega will "give an interview in the next week to 10 days," his attorney Adam Marangell told CNN.

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