Andrés Guardado: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department places Guardado’s autopsy on “security arrest”

Guardado was chased by sheriff’s deputies after he He reportedly showed a gun, looked at officers and ran from the front of a body shop in Gardena, Capt. Kent Wegener, of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Department, during a press conference Saturday.

One of the deputies fired six rounds after hitting Guardado at the back of the store. Guardado was hit in the upper torso and pronounced dead at the scene, Wegener said.

Adam Shea, representing the Guardado family, released a statement Monday night saying the family demands and deserves justice.

“Andrés Guardado’s family demands answers. They demand responsibility. They demand and deserve full transparency from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department regarding the events surrounding the death of this young man,” the statement said. “We will not rest until these events are fully disclosed.”

But now the answers Guardado’s family and others want about his death may not come for some time.

Autopsy in ‘safety retention’

“Since LASD put a security suspension on the case, the report and cause of death cannot be released to the public,” Sarah Ardalani, Public Information Officer with the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office, told CNN.

Guardado’s body was scheduled to be examined Monday, but with the hold, it could take some time before the results are released to the public.

The retention could last “months or years, depending on the investigation and the agency,” according to Ardalani.

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That does not bode well for the city and the community who want to know what happened.

“The only acceptable reaction to the murder of Andrés Guardado is immediate action by all responsible parties. People are hurt and tired of excuses,” said the city of Compton. “I strongly urge the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to address this incident immediately and provide responses for the family and our community.”

After the hold was announced, the city of Santa Ana established a curfew Monday night at 10 pm due to “possible civil unrest as a result of the protests,” according to the city.
Over the weekend, protesters marching for justice in Guardado clashed with sheriff’s deputies at the sheriff’s station in Compton. Rubber bullets and tear gas were deployed against the protesters, some of whom were detained.

The sheriff requested AG’s supervision of the investigation.

Los Angeles Sheriff Alex Villanueva contacted California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to ask his office to oversee the investigation into Guardado’s death “as a precaution,” Villanueva said in a tweet Monday.

“I am committed to transparency and the strengthening of the community’s faith in the investigation process,” he tweeted.

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In a letter to the AG, Villanueva said: “The public has demanded oversight in the underwriting investigation. The current political climate at the national level lends itself to a public demand for police accountability and the propensity of antagonists to gather large amounts of people in a short time to protest any perception of incorrectness. “

Villanueva ended the letter requesting that the AG supervise the investigation carried out by the department.

The sheriff also tweeted Monday night that he is still committed to implementing the use of body cameras for all department agents.

CNN’s Joe Sutton contributed to this report.