Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

Two Lawmakers Call for an Investigation Into Deputy's Shooting of 18-Year-Old Man in Gardena

Andres Guardado was shot and killed Thursday after deputies spotted him with a gun in Gardena.

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Two Democratic lawmakers called Sunday for California's Attorney General to investigate the fatal shooting of a young man by a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy.

Reps. Maxine Waters and Nanette Diaz Barragan said in a statement  there's a need for an independent investigation into the death of 18-year-old Andres Guardado so the public will trust the findings.

Tensions escalated between protesters seeking justice for the death of Andres Guardado and LA County Sheriff's deputies. Kim Tobin reports for NBC LA at 11 p.m. Sunday June 21, 2020.

"Another day, and another Black or Brown kid has been shot in the back by police," said the representatives for Southern California districts. "These killings must stop. We demand it. The American people demand it."

Messages seeking comment were sent to the state Attorney General's office and the Los Angeles County sheriff's department.

Guardado was shot Thursday after Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies spotted him with a gun in front of a business near Gardena.

Several hundred people gathered near the site on Sunday to protest the shooting, trailed by dozens of cars in a caravan.

The protest calling for justice in the case of Andres Guardado was mostly peaceful until a driver tried to get through people. Gil Leyvas reports for NBC LA at 5 p.m. Sunday June 21, 2020.

Capt. Kent Wegener, the head of the department's Homicide Bureau, said Saturday that investigators have taken six or seven exterior cameras from the scene and are examining the footage.

Guardado's gun appeared to have been pieced together from different parts and didn't have a serial number, he said. Investigators do not believe he fired the gun.

Guardado attended Los Angeles Trade-Technical College. A relative said he lived with his parents and worked two part-time security jobs.

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