About 75 to 100 protesters demonstrated Thursday night, July 30, outside a Covina house they believed is the home of the deputy who killed 18-year-old Andres Guardado near Gardena.

The protesters demanded the arrest and prosecution of Deputy Miguel Vega, who apparently fatally shot Guardado about 6 p.m. June 18 near the 400 block of West Redondo Beach Boulevard.

The demonstration prompted a response from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, along with other local law enforcement agencies. The assembly was declared unlawful and protesters cleared the scene by 9:30 p.m., according to KCAL9.

No arrests were made, Covina police said.

The shooting has generated large protests and demands for the firing and prosecution of Vega. The FBI announced on July 17 it would review Guardado’s death.

The shooting occurred near some businesses after Guardado allegedly ran toward the back of a building. The Sheriff’s Department has said the 18-year-old was armed. When deputies caught up to him, Guardado put the gun on the ground, according to a statement from Deputy Vega’s attorney, Adam Marangell, and then laid face down as ordered before reaching for the weapon, prompting Vega to fire.

Family members have said Guardado did not have access to a gun and protesters have questioned the lawyer’s scenario.

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Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

      

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