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Ambush Shooting of 2 lasd Deputies in Compton

$100K REWARD OFFER in Manhunt for Suspect in Ambush Shooting of 2 LA Sheriff’s Deputies inCompton

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide investigators are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the shooting of two LASD deputies. The incident was reported Saturday, September 12, 2020, at approximately 6:58 p.m., at the MLK Transit Center in Compton.

A lone gunman ambushed two of our deputies. The suspect approached the vehicle from behind and fired several rounds from his firearm at the deputies, striking them. The deputies sustained critical injuries.

The suspect is described as a male Black 28-30 years-old, wearing dark clothing.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has authorized a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.

There is no additional information available at this time. 

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 prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org 

Press Conference: Sheriff Villanueva Discusses Ambush Shooting of Two Deputies in Compton

Sheriff Villanueva preliminarily discusses the circumstances surrounding an incident in which two deputies were ambushed and shot while seated inside of their patrol vehicle. The incident occurred today, around 7:00 P.M., at the Compton Blue Line Pax. Both deputies were transported to a local hospital in critical condition and are currently undergoing surgery. At least one suspect fled the scene and is still outstanding.

Posted by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on Saturday, September 12, 2020
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Sheriff discusses Developments Andres Guardado Investigation

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

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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 http://lacrimestoppers.org

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Deputy James Nagao
Sheriff’s Information Bureau
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