Police in Pasadena have arrested a man who called 911 dispatchers and claimed that two robbers “put a gun” in his face and stole his laptop computer.
Oscar Carrillo has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.
Police say Carrillo’s call led to a chain of events that ended with the fatal shooting of 20-year-old Kendrec Lavelle McDade by two police officers.
Police say McDade and a 17-year-old accomplice first approached Carrillo at a taco stand and demanded he buy them food.
When Carrillo refused, the duo is then caught on security tape stealing a backpack and laptop from Carrillo’s car.
Police have released the tape of Carrillo’s subsequent 911 call.
They say Carrillo repeatedly told the 911 operator that the two men who robbed him had guns.
“Did you remember anything about the gun?” the dispatcher asks. Carrillo responds: “Both have a gun ma’am.”
The 911 operator clarifies the point with Carrillo, asking, “So they both had a gun?” He replies, “Yes, I know they both have a gun.”
Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez said that, when his officers caught up with one of the alleged suspects, Kendrec McDade, they were under the impression that he was armed.
That’s why, police say, when McDade reached for his waistband as if to grab a weapon, they opened fire.
“As the officers attempted to detain and arrest McDade, an officer-involved shooting occurred,” Sanchez said.
Paramedics took McDade to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The two officers involved in the shooting were uninjured.
They have both been placed on paid administrative leave. Their names have not been released.
“This was a shock and a devastation to my family,” Kendrec’s mother, Anya McDade, said.
“Seven days after I had just delivered my second son… we lost our first one.”
Police say that, during their investigation, Carrillo finally admitted to fabricating the part of the story about the guns to get a faster police response.
The other suspect, a juvenile, has been charged with two counts of commercial burglary, one count of grand theft and one count of failure to register as a gang member as a condition of his probation. He remains in custody.