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LA Supervisors Call For Independent Investigation Into Fatal Deputy Shooting In Gardena

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The L.A. County Board of Supervisors today called for an independent investigation into the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Andres Guardado by a sheriff’s deputy last week.

The vote follows weekend protests over the shooting of Guardado.

The supervisors asked the inspector general, civilian oversight board and coroner to devise a plan to “ensure the truth is uncovered.”

Sheriff Alex Villanueva called the move political grandstanding by the motion’s author Mark Ridley-Thomas — and promised his department will conduct a fair investigation into what he called a tragic shooting:

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“Everything we do is subject to oversight. Everything we do follows the rule of law.”

Sheriff’s officials say deputies chased Guardado after they saw him produce a gun outside an auto body shop in Gardena and run down a narrow driveway.

Guardado’s parents say their son was working as a security guard and it remains unclear what prompted the deputy to open fire.

The sheriff’s department has blocked the release of the autopsy while it investigates the case.

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