The Los Angeles County Forensic Office decided that an 18-year-old man was shot by a bailiff last month, when he was beaten five times in the back, it was a murder, according to the autopsy report.
The coroner’s office said in a statement that the cause of Andres Guarado’s death was certified on July 7 as multiple injuries to bullets and was considered a murder.
The report was issued despite the security reservation requested by the Dean’s administration.
Earlier this week, the Guardado family released the results of an autopsy that also concluded that he had been shot five times in the back.
In a statement, the chief medical examiner, forensic doctor Dr. Jonathan Lucas, said he had taken into account the “main variables” in the case in an attempt to strike a balance between the administration of justice and the public’s right to know.
“I do not think that these are the exclusive ideals of the two parties. Both are important, especially in the midst of the ongoing national debate on race, police and civil rights,” he said. “I think the government can play its role by being more timely and transparent in exchanging the information that the public asks and has the right to see.”
Investigators said that Guardado was shot dead after he saw a deputy in a patrol talking to someone in a car blocking a lane in Gardena, which borders Los Angeles. Authorities said that during the interview, Guardado produced a handgun, fled, and started a short hunt.
At one point, one deputy shot. Six bullet casings and a pistol are found at the scene. Investigators said that Guardo did not appear to have shot the deputies. His family said that he was working as a security guard at an auto repair shop at the time of his death.
The deputy who shot the local media was identified as Miguel Vega and the other was Chris Hernandez. The authorities said the two were dedicated to Compton Station.
In a statement to Fox News, Vega’s lawyer, Adam Marangel, said that his client is cooperating with investigators and will sit for an interview
“The official results of the autopsy do not change in any way the fact that Representative Vega acted properly and legally,” Marangel said. “Representative Vega did everything possible that night to avoid firing and regretted that his actions had resulted in loss of life.
Guardado’s death sparked protests in Los Angeles and called for more transparency amid a national appreciation of police policies and tactics.