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Los Angeles deputy involved in Andres Guardado shooting hasn't been interviewed by investigators, his attorney says

June 30, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The deputy who shot and killed a teenager at a Los Angeles auto shop more than 10 days ago has not yet spoken to investigators but is expected to do so soon, his attorney said Monday.

Vega fired the shot that killed 18-year-old Andres Guardado in Gardena, while Deputy Chris Hernandez was trailing behind him to support as backup, their attorneys said Friday.

The shooting happened amid weeks of demonstrations following the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died in the hands of Minneapolis police in late May. The deputies pursued Guardado after he "produced a handgun," looked toward the deputies and ran from the front of an auto body shop, said Captain Kent Wegener, of the LASD Homicide Bureau, after the shooting.

An autopsy is pending, but the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner's office said last week that the sheriff's department had placed a "security hold" on the case, meaning it could be some time before results are released to the public.

"Guardado refused multiple commands not to reach for a gun, forcing deputy Vega to fire his weapon in fear for his life," Marangell told CNN on Friday.

Guardado's family has said he was working as a security guard at the auto body shop.

"There is zero evidence supporting any claim that Andres Guardado was not responding to deputy commands -- his death is the result of an unwarranted and unjustified killing," Adam Shea, an attorney representing the family, told CNN.

"The Guardado family is again requesting full transparency from the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department and the immediate release of the autopsy report," Shea said.

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