July 10, 2020

The unprecedented release of the Andres Guardado autopsy report today by the Medical Examiner-Coroner, Dr. Jonathan Lucas, has the potential to jeopardize the investigation, the filing of the case, and any possible future criminal or administrative proceedings. This move will now force the Sheriff’s Department to use court orders to enforce security holds that exist for only one purpose – to prevent tainting witness testimony prior to interviews.  Dr. Lucas has acknowledged succumbing to pressure from the Board of Supervisors and the Office of Inspector General, and has now made the astonishing admission that he sacrificed the integrity of the investigation in a bid to satisfy public curiosity.

In a coordinated release, Supervisor Ridley Thomas lauded the coroner’s efforts, unwittingly demonstrating a poor grasp of both the investigative responsibilities of the Sheriff’s Department and the lack of authority the politically-appointed Inspector General has to interfere with and jeopardize the integrity of criminal investigations.  As Sheriff of Los Angeles County, I find it deeply troubling that an elected supervisor would use the authority of his office to bully the coroner and sow mistrust of law enforcement in the community.  While these apparent goals may satisfy Supervisor Ridley Thomas’ narrow political aspirations, it does nothing to advance the public’s interest.

The Sheriff’s Department will not be providing any commentary on the Andres Guardado case until the investigation has been completed.  To do so prior would establish a poor precedent that can threaten the integrity of all future criminal investigations, including deputy involved shootings.  832.7 PC does provide for public access to officer involved shooting investigations, however the law does not provide for public dissemination prior to the completion of the investigation.  

Sheriff Alex Villanueva

If you have concerns regarding the above, share your voice.  You may contact your Board of Supervisors at the below:
 County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors

Hilda L. Solis
Supervisor, First District
Phone: (213) 974-4111

Mark Ridley-Thomas
Supervisor, Second District
Phone: (213) 974-2222

Sheila Kuehl
Supervisor, Third District
Phone: (213) 974-3333

Janice Hahn
Supervisor, Fourth District
Phone: (213) 974-4444

Kathryn Barger – CHAIR
Supervisor, Fifth District
Phone: (213) 974-5555

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Detectives continue their investigation into a deputy-involved

Homicide detectives continue their investigation into a deputy-involved shooting in the uninc Gardena area

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide detectives are continuing their investigation into the circumstances surrounding a deputy-involved shooting. The incident occurred on Thursday, June 18, 2020 at approximately 5:52 P.M. at the 400 Block of Redondo Beach Blvd, in the unincorporated Gardena area.

Homicide Investigators have learned that deputies from the Compton Sheriff’s Station observed the suspect in the area of the location. The suspect looked toward the deputies and produced a firearm then proceeded to run south bound between two businesses. A short foot pursuit ensued and at the conclusion, the deputies contacted the suspect and a deputy involved shooting occurred.

The suspect was struck by gunfire in the upper torso and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The suspect was described as a Male Hispanic between 18 – 20 years old.

A handgun was recovered at the scene.

No deputies were injured during the incident.

This investigation is in its preliminary stages and there is no additional information available at this time.

Whenever a deputy-involved shooting occurs involving Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies, and a person is struck by gunfire, multiple independent investigations immediately begin at the scene. These include separate investigations by the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau and Internal Affairs Bureau. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department immediately notifies the Office of the Inspector General who sends a representative to the incident scene and provides independent oversight throughout the investigative process. Once concluded, a preliminary review is conducted by the Critical Incident Review Panel to determine whether any immediate actions are warranted. Every aspect of the shooting is reviewed by the Sheriff’s Executive Force Review Committee. Input from Constitutional Policing Advisors is provided during the process. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, Justice System Integrity Division, conducts a legal analysis to determine whether any criminal charges will be filed and if the shooting was legally justified.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. If you wish to remain anonymous, call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), using your smartphone by downloading the “P3 MOBILE APP” on Google play or the App Store, or using the website

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sheriff attends the 1st annual black history celebration

On Saturday, February 29, 2020, Sheriff Villanueva visited Agape Church of Los Angeles and the city of Compton to celebrate the Black History Month with the people we serve. He presented awards to the community leaders to appreciate their contributions to public safety and community service.

Through the month of February, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department shared the stories of deputies and personnel who led by examples and to this day made a positive impact to the communities we serve.

We celebrate Black History Monty, also take an opportunity to recognize the hardworking people with their extraordinary achievements, which has galvanized and united us to make our leadership accessible and ultimately more successful.

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Sheriff Villanueva attended the 2020 Crime Summit

Sheriff Villanueva attended the 2020 Crime Summit

On Saturday, February 15, 2020, Sheriff Villanueva attended the 2020 Crime Summit hosted by the Councilwoman Tana McCoy from the city of Compton.

At the meeting, Sheriff Villanueva expressed his appreciation for the collaborative efforts made by LASD Special Victims Bureau, the FBI and the Homeland Security Investigations Human Trafficking units to prevent and stop sex crimes involving Human Trafficking.

Sheriff Villanueva emphasized that the Compton Sheriff’s Station, along with the whole Sheriff’s Department, is committed to protect the communities we serve. The violent crime rate had been reduced in 2019 and we will continue to work in the most efficient manner to achieve a further success.

In the meeting, the Operation Safe Streets Bureau Lieutenant Diviak and Detective Beltran from Narcotics bureau also conducted presentations to explain violent crimes, gangs and common street drugs. They answered questions raised by the community members relating to weapons, school safety and neighborhood watch.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is willing to stay connected with our communities and their culture to make a positive impact. We will grow together with the community leadership and keep our city safe.