Andres Guardado: L.A. inquest into a fatal police shooting backs earlier conclusion that it was homicide
In July, an independent autopsy ordered by Guardado’s family found the teen was shot five times in the back. The county coroner’s office came to the same conclusion. Guardado’s manner of death was certified a homicide.
“In the nearly five months since Andres Guardado was killed, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has failed to be transparent in its investigation into the circumstances, manner and cause of Andres’ death,” Adam Shea, an attorney for the family, said in November.
The inquest’s findings will be forwarded to the sheriff’s department as well as the Los Angeles district attorney, according to the report.
The judge also noted in the findings that she will “not pursue the Fifth Amendment issues” raised during the inquest.
Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy Miguel Vega, who fired the deadly shots, submitted a declaration “indicating that if he were to appear and be questioned at the inquest, he would assert his Fifth Amendment right not to testify.”
Vega’s attorney Adam Marangell previously told CNN that, “Guardado refused multiple commands not to reach for a gun, forcing deputy Vega to fire his weapon in fear for his life.”
CNN has reached out to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and Vega’s attorney for an additional comment.
CNN’s Cheri Mossburg, Ralph Ellis, Stella Chan, Paul Vercammen, Madeline Holcombe and Travis Caldwell contributed to this report.