LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Oscar Carrillo-Gonzalez is saying that, even though he lied to Pasadena police, he’s not responsible for the death of 19-year-old Kendrec McDade.
“I just want to clarify that I didn’t kill the guy. I didn’t do anything to the guy,” Carrillo-Gonzalez said.
Carrillo-Gonzalez called 911 on March 24 to say that he’d been robbed at gunpoint.
Pasadena police said they were acting on that information when they shot McDade while he was running from the scene and reaching for his waistband. He died from his injuries.
Officers took the other suspect, a 17-year-old boy, into custody.
Carrillo-Gonzalez later admitted that the suspects were not armed and had taken a backpack out of his car. He said he told police the suspects had guns in order to get officers to respond faster.
The 911 caller is sorry that McDade died but he can’t understand why so many people are acting as if he shot the teen.
“I didn’t tell the guy to get into my car. I am not the guy who shot the guy,” Carrillo-Gonzalez said.
Prosecutors have declined to file involuntary manslaughter charges as they conduct their investigation. He is being held on immigration charges for being in the country illegally.
Carrillo-Gonzalez’s attorney Andres Bustamonte said his client is innocent of the possible charges.
Bustamonte read his client’s testimony, “‘There was a time lapse. I wasn’t present at the scene of the crime. When the officer interviewed me I didn’t even know that the kid who got shot was the one who robbed me.’”
Immigration officials have agreed to wait until this situation is over before deporting Carrillo-Gonzalez.