PASADENA (AP) — Pasadena police have identified the two officers involved in the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old man they had believed to be an armed robbery suspect.
Police Chief Phillip Sanchez says in a statement Friday that veteran officers Jeffery Newlen and Mathew Griffin have been placed on paid leave pending the investigation.
Sanchez says the officers shot and killed Kendrec McDade late Saturday after responding to a report of an armed robbery that later was determined to be false. Sanchez says McDade made a motion at his waistband and the officers, fearing for their lives, opened fire.
Police say Oscar Carrillo admitted that he lied about the thieves being armed in a 911 call so officers would respond faster.
Carrillo was arrested for investigation of involuntary manslaughter in McDade’s death. Prosecutors have been weighing whether to file charges.
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