Ex-Azusa Football Player Dies in Pasadena Police Shooting

Kendrec McDade was identified as the man shot by Pasadena police during a botched stick-up

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    Police investigate a fatal officer-involved shooting that happened on Saturday, March 25, 2012 in Pasadena, Calif.

    A 19-year-old man shot and killed by Pasadena police after a stick-up of a patron near a taco truck on Saturday was identified as Kendrec McDade, a former football player at Azusa High School.

    The incident happened after 11 p.m. Saturday at Orange Grove Boulevard and Summit Avenue when a man found two males in his car after he returned from buying tacos, said Lt. Phlunté Riddle, a spokeswoman at the Pasadena Police Department.

    The man backed away from the car when one of the suspected thieves pulled a silver pistol before taking undisclosed property and running away, Riddle said.

    The man got into his car and tailed the two while calling police and reporting their location, Riddle said.

    Two patrol officers fired their weapons at McDade when the teen reached for his waistband, police said. The shooting took place in a dark, mixed-use area and there were no witnesses, Riddle said.

    McDade died at a hospital.

    A 17-year-old Pasadena boy, said to be with McDade during the incident, was arrested.

    Police told the Pasadena Star-News that the teen, who was not identified because of his age, was being held on a murder charge.

    Police officers, with the help from bloodhounds, spent the weekend combing the three-block area between where the theft occurred and where McDade was shot at 751 Sunset Avenue, trying to locate a weapon, but none was found, Riddle said.

    The investigation into the shooting continued on Monday as detectives were re-interviewing the robbery victim and the officers involved, Riddle said.

    Kathy Miller, a spokeswoman for the Azusa Unified School District, confirmed McDade was a student at the school, where counselors were sent on Monday.

    A profile of McDade on the football recruiting website, berecruited.com said the 5-foot -7 inch, 160 pound runningback, cornerback and kick returner was in the class of 2010. His potential major in college was law, the site said.

    The In the Huddle sports blog of the San Gabriel Valley Tribune listed McDade on the roster for the east division of the "Hall of Fame All-Star Game" in June 2010.

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