Protests form after gun-wielding suspect with illegal weapon shot by police: “He was just a good kid.”


Compton, California – It seems like there isn’t any police shooting involving a black suspect these days that isn’t met with intense scrutiny and cries of injustice before an investigation can even occur.

Much like the case with 18-year-old Andres Guardado who was shot by sheriff’s deputies in Compton.

Turns out, Guardado happened to have a highly illegal weapon in his possession when confronted by deputies.

A protest reportedly formed outside of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department’s office located in Compton on June 21st in response to the shooting of Guardado who many have claimed he was shot in the back by deputies.

Except, those claims are only coming from family members of the deceased, and the investigation hasn’t prompted anything to suggest he was shot in the back.

As of now, the autopsy is actually still pending. But that still hasn’t stopped the likes of the usual suspects like Nanette Diaz Barragan and Maxine Waters clamoring about police targeting black youths. In a joint statement by Waters and Barragan, the following was noted:

“Another day, and another Black or brown kid has been shot in the back by police.”

The statement continued to perpetuate that Guardado was shot in the back, once again with it being unconfirmed:

“Andres Guardado is the latest young man of color killed by police gunfire. He was shot in the back. The officers involved did not wear body cameras.”

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva responded to the criticism regarding the lack of body cameras, explaining that the sheriff’s department has been vehemently requesting since December of 2018, which the county’s Board of Supervisors have been allegedly delaying.

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The current narrative being presented by those outraged at the incident is that Guardado was working security for a local business when deputies engaged him and subsequently shot him after a pursuit.

However, that presented narrative is heavily divorced from the nuance that is needed to understand the totality of the circumstances.

There’s currently not much denying that Guardado was employed as a security guard to a local business; however, homicide Captain Kent Wegener said the following about the interaction:

“Guardado reportedly looked toward the deputies, produced a handgun and ran southbound down the driveway of the business.”

Which the deputies pursued and some sort of exchange led to a deputy firing six shots at Guardado upper body, according to the LASD.

Turns out that the handgun produced wasn’t a legally registered weapon. According to reports, it was a .40-caliber semi-automatic pistol without a serial number. On top of the unregistered, untraceable gun; it also happened to host an illegal 15-round magazine that was fully loaded.

Not to mention – Guardado was only 18-years-old. In order to be an armed security guard in California, you need to at least be 21-years-old. Furthermore, police had no idea that he was operating as a security guard, as he was noted as not wearing any identifiable clothing to signify him functioning as such.

As if that weren’t enough to get a clear picture at the nuance conveniently left out of the clamoring by the outrage mob, there’s also zero record of Guardado having a guard card within the state of California. There was also no gun belt or holster found on Guardado’s person after the shooting.

So, for the sake of simplifying the alleged scenario:

-The suspect brandished a weapon at deputies

-Proceeded to run from deputies attempting to make contact

-A confrontation ensued in an alleyway

-The suspect was carrying an unregistered gun

-The gun carried had the serial number removed

-There was an illegal magazine that was fully loaded

-The suspect was not legally old enough to be an armed security guard

-There’s no record of Guardado even having a guard card in California

Yet, even with all the aforementioned information detailed, Barragan and Waters are literally claiming that we must seek “justice for Andres Guardado”.

While there’s absolutely zero wrong with investigating a shooting, it’s clear that those among the progressive left feel like the deputies are already guilty.

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