Pasadena Prosecutors Decline To File Involuntary Manslaughter Charge Against 911 Caller In Deadly Police Shooting

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Los Angeles County prosecutors declined to file an involuntary manslaughter charge Monday against a man accused of lying to a 911 dispatcher about being robbed by two armed men, one of whom was later fatally
shot by Pasadena police.

“We have rejected it pending further investigation and we are doing legal research,” District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said.

Oscar Carrillo, 26, was arrested last week on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of 19-year-old Kendrec Lavelle McDade.

Police on Wednesday released a copy of the 911 call made by Carrillo, who said he had been robbed by two people with guns the night of March 24.

Carrillo later admitted that while his backpack had been stolen, the suspects were not armed, police said. Based on the 911 call, however, officers who responded to the scene believed the suspects involved in the robbery had weapons, police said.

They found McDade running near Sunset Avenue and Orange Grove Boulevard, and officers opened fire, killing him. McDade was not armed.

The officers involved in the shooting, Jeffery Newlen and Mathew Griffin, have been placed on paid administrative leave while an investigation continues.

Police said McDade and a 17-year-old boy who was with him did indeed burglarize Carrillo’s vehicle and committed other commercial burglaries, but neither was armed. The boy has been charged with grand theft, commercial burglary and failure to register as a gang member as a condition of probation.

According to police, Carrillo admitted fabricating the story about being robbed by armed assailants, saying he was trying to get officers to respond faster.

Carrillo, identified by the District Attorney’s Office and jail records as Oscar Carrillo-Gonzalez, remains jailed.

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  • cb

    will there be a lesser crime charged filed, for lying on a police report?
    how about calling 911, which is only supposed to be for life threatening emergencies, not for reporting a non life threatening theft, after the fact?

  • Welcome to the hood

    No justice! No piece!

  • JM

    Yep you are hood. You can’t even spell “peace”

  • Frank Rizzo

    Should have stuck with the gun story. Would have been better for everyone.

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  • marc

    i think they should go for MURDER 1

    • marc

      opps hit enter before i wanted to I KNOW IT TAKE PRE MEDITATION for murder 1 but i think it exists here and this is why
      they state that the 2 kids DID steal from the caller which we can assume made him very angry. we can assume no one keeps an empty back pack so we can further assume there was something in the stolen pack that was important to the caller. so he calls the police and says he was robed at gun point he ADMITS he did this with FORETHOUGHT he claims it was to get a quicker response time i think there was a second reason. HE IS VERY MAD ABOUT HIS PACK BEING STOLEN. HE MAY HAVE IN HIM SELF WANTED TO KILL THE 2 KIDS HIM SELF BUT LACKED THE “MEANS” (TOOLS AND GUTS) TO DO IT HIM SELF. so he calls the police stating he was robed at gun point, knowing it will get them there not only quicker but also with a higher state of readiness. he likely knew that with them thinking the kids were armed that it raised the odds that one or both cops would fire FASTER if either suspect made the slightest wrongh move. so if my theroy is correct and he called the cops knowing they may shoot faster with the belief that they were armed then he in short sent “hit men” to kill the kids NO I DO NOT THINK THE POLICE ARE HIT MEN but in this case if the caller used them to exact revenge on the kids then that is exactly what they became because the caller pays in tax for their pay so in effect he PAID to get them killed

      • Wally's girl!

        this guys action directly lead to someone’s death, he should be prosecuted

  • cindy

    damn Marc never gave it any thought from that angle but your right that is possible.

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