Eddie Gonzalez charged with fatal shooting of teen
Prosecutors said a former California school security officer shot and killed an unarmed 18-year-old girl last month.
The former officer, Eddie F. Gonzalez, 51, was arrested Wednesday and charged with the murder of Los Angeles County District Attorney George, in the September 27 shooting of 18-year-old Manuela Rodriguez, near Millican High School in Long Beach. was imposed. Gascon said in a statement on Wednesday.
Mr. Gonzalez, who was the school security officer for the Long Beach Unified School District, was booked on Wednesday at Long Beach Jail, where he was held on $2 million bail, according to prison records. It was not immediately clear whether he had a lawyer.
“We must hold accountable those we have placed in positions of trust to protect us,” Mr Gascon said in the statement. “This is especially true of the armed personnel we traditionally rely on to protect our children on their way to and from school.”
Police said just after 3 p.m. on September 27, Mr. Gonzalez was patrolling an area near High School when he saw Ms. Rodriguez and a 15-year-old girl fighting in the street. The 15-year-old, who could not be identified, was a student at Millican High School.
Rodriguez family lawyer Michael Carrillo said Ms Rodriguez, known as Mona, was not a schoolgirl and had a 6-month-old son.
Investigators said a 20-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy were also involved in the incident. When the man, the boy and Ms. Rodriguez tried to escape, Mr. Gonzalez approached the vehicle to stop them from escaping, police said.
Mr Carrillo said the man, Rafael Chowdhury, was Ms Rodriguez’s boyfriend and the father of her son, and the boy was Mr Chowdhury’s brother.
The video showed the car nearly hitting Mr. Gonzalez, who fired at least two shots, hitting Ms. Rodriguez, a passenger, according to police. Mr Carrillo said he had been shot in the head.
According to the police department, which is still probing the case, he was taken to hospital in critical condition and died of his injuries on October 6.
Police said that at the time of the shooting, Mr. Gonzalez worked for the Long Beach Unified School District and was not employed or affiliated with the Long Beach Police Department or the City of Long Beach.
The school district serves approximately 70,000 students in 85 public schools from preschool to high school. The school district said that on October 6, the school district’s board voted unanimously to sack Mr. Gonzalez.
At the time, the district’s school superintendent, Jill Baker, said, “After our internal review, we clearly saw areas where the employee violated district policy and did not meet our standards and expectations.”
He said the school district’s use of force policy states, “Officers must not shoot at a running person, shoot at a moving vehicle, and should not shoot through a vehicle window unless circumstances expressly finalize it.” Do not explicitly guarantee the use of a firearm as a means of defence.”
In a statement on Wednesday, the school district said, “We acknowledge the impact of this tragedy and we once again extend our deepest condolences to all who have been affected, especially family, friends and shooting victim Manuela.” To the loved ones of Rodriguez.”
Mr Carrillo said in an interview on Thursday that the allegations against Mr Gonzalez were “just a first step on the road to justice.”
He added: “It’s not going to bring Mona back. The family understands this. At least it holds the officer accountable for his actions.”
At a news conference on Wednesday, Oscar Rodriguez, Ms. Rodriguez’s brother, said: “How would you feel if a loved one of yours is in the hospital, especially knowing that one of the people caring for our children and people is there. He is the one who caused the loss.” has done.”
Mr. Gonzalez is expected to appear in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Long Beach Branch, on Friday.
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