July 10, 2020
Statement from Chief Medical Examiner-Coroner Dr. Jonathan Lucas:
After careful thought and deliberation, I am releasing the autopsy report of Andres Guardado Pineda. In doing so, I have given careful consideration to the major variables in this case – supporting the administration of justice, as well as the public’s right to know. I do not believe that these are mutually exclusive ideals. Both are important, particularly amid the ongoing national discussion about race, policing and civil rights. I believe that government can do its part by being more timely and more transparent in sharing information that the public demands and has a right to see.
The cause of death for an 18-year-old man killed in Gardena last month is multiple gunshot wounds, the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner has determined.
On the evening of June 18, Andres Guardado Pineda was shot in an officer-involved shooting located in the 400 block of West Redondo Beach Boulevard in Gardena.
Paramedics were called to the location and Guardado Pineda was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:01 p.m.
After the scene investigation, Guardado Pineda’s body was transported to the department's Forensic Science Center for examination.
On June 22, the deputy medical examiner completed a full autopsy on the decedent. Following the completion and receipt of relevant test results, the cause of death was certified on July 7 as multiple gunshot wounds. The manner of death was certified as homicide.
The coroner case number for Guardado Pineda is 2020-05405. To request the coroner’s report, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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