Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Commander Chris Marks Provides Update on the Andres Guardado Investigation
Sheriff Alex Villanueva held a press conference today, Wednesday, August 12, 2020, to announce the latest developments surrounding the death of Andres Guardado. He offered the Guardado family his condolences, and, as a father, he sympathized with the family’s pain. From the beginning of the investigation, Sheriff Villanueva assured the Guardado family and the public a thorough, transparent, and objective investigation, no matter how long it would take.
After Sheriff Villanueva made opening remarks, Detective Division Commander Chris Marks, who oversees Homicide Bureau, began a detailed briefing surrounding the shooting incident involving Andres Guardado. He separated the briefing into three areas: a review and update of the criminal investigation of the deputy-involved shooting; information of a parallel investigation regarding a gang-related shooting that occurred on June 7, 2020, at the same location; and a review of reported incidents at the 420 W. Redondo Beach Blvd, Unincorporated Gardena. Commander Marks specified that the second and third incident briefings were not linked to the Guardado investigation, but they were provided to allow a better understanding of the overall investigation.
Update regarding the Deputy-Involved Shooting of Andres Guardado
Commander Marks provided an update on the deputy-involved shooting involving Suspect Andres Guardado. On Thursday, June 18, 2020, at approximately 5:52 P.M., two Sheriff’s Deputies assigned to Compton Station observed Mr. Andres Guardado, standing in front of 420 West Redondo Beach Blvd, in the unincorporated area of Gardena, Los Angeles County.
Suspect Guardado was seen speaking to occupants in a white Lexus sedan parked in front of the driveway at the location. Guardado reportedly looked toward the Deputies who were approaching in a marked patrol car. At some point, Guardado was seen in possession of a handgun and ran southbound down the driveway of the business at the location. The two deputies went in foot pursuit and caught up to Suspect Guardado at the rear of the business, and a deputy-involved shooting occurred. Video surveillance footage from across the street of Suspect Guardado running from deputies was shown at the news conference.
Guardado was struck five times in the upper torso and was pronounced deceased at the scene. It has been reported that Guardado was employed or acting as a security guard at the location; however, to this date, no person interviewed has admitted to hiring Guardado as a security guard. In addition, he was not yet 21 years old, which would have made him unable to be legally employed as an armed security guard.
The firearm recovered from the scene was submitted for forensic testing. Preliminary reports show Suspect Guardado’s DNA was obtained from the pistol’s trigger, trigger guard, and magazine.
No video of the Deputy involved shooting has been located. Cameras had been at the location. However, they were seized as evidence and a forensic review was conducted. No video of the deputy-involved shooting was found on the cameras.
Assault with a Deadly Weapon Incident – June 7th, 2020.
Commander Marks continued with the news conference providing additional information regarding an assault with a deadly weapon call for service at the same location.
On June 7, 2020, Deputies responded to the same location regarding a gunshot victim. A search warrant was served that day, and investigators observed numerous bottles of Nitrous Oxide Gas, commonly referred to as “NOZ.” They also found a significant amount of methamphetamine and a shotgun. A DVR connected to security cameras was seized during the warrant service.
Review of the DVR and the videos showed people lined up on the driveway holding large metal/plastic bottles, possibly waiting to be filled with “NOZ”. After the shooting, numerous people can be seen running from the location, some still holding these gas bottles. Investigators are trying to identify the people from the videos and are asking anyone with information to contact the Sheriff’s Department.
Photographs of the “NOZ” tanks and surveillance video obtained from the DVR were shown during the news conference.
Because the DVR connected to the cameras was removed, there was no video of the Guardado shooting recorded.
Additional Information regarding the location
Commander Marks finished the news briefing with information surrounding numerous incidents related to the location at 420 West Redondo Beach Blvd, in the unincorporated area of Gardena, that have been documented over the past years. Since January 1, 2015, there were 23 calls for service. Calls include 10 Disturbance calls, 2 Burglary calls, 2 Battery calls, and 2 Vandalism calls. In addition, a gang-related murder occurred on November 2, 2018.
Both the deputy-involved shooting and the assault with a deadly weapon investigations are ongoing, and the Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying individuals who might have information.
Videos and photographs used during the conference can be accessed here: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AgN3WeZCes%2DIHfI&id=744A9D7D66C0F5EA%2116985&cid=744A9D7D66C0F5EA