Los Angeles Coroner Orders Inquest Into Deputy Shooting Death Of Andrés Guardado
Los Angeles, CA – The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner announced on Tuesday it will conduct an independent inquest into the cause of death of 18-year-old Andrés Guardado. Guardado was fatally shot by L.A. County Sheriff’s Deputies on June 18th, 2020. This is the first inquest of this type in Los Angeles County in over 30 years.
The Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner determined the cause of death as multiple gunshot wounds and the manner of death as homicide. (Note: all fatal police shootings are classified as homicides, the investigations determine if justified or not.)
The deputy involved shooting of Guardado resulted in protests and increasing complaints of how the case has been handled by the L.A. Sheriff.
Former California Court of Appeals Justice Candace Cooper was selected to preside over the case. The inquest begins on November 30, and will look into the “circumstances, manner, and cause of death” of Guardado, per the department’s press release.
“The Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner is committed to transparency and providing the residents of Los Angeles County an independent assessment of its findings in this case,” said Dr. Jonathan Lucas, Los Angeles County’s Chief Medical Examiner-Coroner. “An inquest ensures that our residents will have an independent review of all the evidence and findings of our office and of the cause and manner of death of Mr. Guardado.”
Los Angeles District Attorney-Elect George Gascon listed Guarado’s death as a case where charges “may be appropriate.”
Gascon’s website states “There are severe issues of credibility involving Sheriff’s Deputies out of Compton station in light of the ongoing gang scandal. What’s more, the fact that Guardado was shot five times in the back raises serious doubts as to the necessity of lethal force. The deputies were unlikely facing an imminent threat of death or serious bodily injury if, as the physical evidence suggests, Guardado was not facing them.”