It was reported that, armed auto-body shop security guard was fatally shot by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies on Thursday night, a report said.
The man, identified by his boss to CBSLA as 18-year-old Andres Guardado, was shot at about 6 p.m. after running from deputies in the town of Gardena.
“The police came up, and they pulled their guns on him and he ran because he was scared, and they shot and killed him,” Andrew Heney, the shop’s owner, told the network.
“He’s got a clean background and everything. There’s no reason.”
It was not immediately clear what led police to respond to the location in the first place.
When the deputies first saw Guardado he “produced a handgun” and fled, a sheriff’s department spokesperson said at a press briefing.
“Deputies engaged in a short foot pursuit between the two businesses, at some point the deputies contacted the suspect and that’s when the deputy-involved shooting occurred,” the spokesperson said.
The owner of the autobody shop told the outlet that Guardado was working outside to deter a recent spate of graffiti.