The news is out: [The Los Angeles County coroner’s office determined the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old man by a sheriff’s deputy last month, when he was struck five times in the back, was a homicide, according to the autopsy report released Friday.
The cause of death for Andres Guardado was certified July 7 as multiple gunshot wounds and certified as a homicide, the coroner’s office said in a statement. The report was released despite a security hold that had been requested by the sheriff’s department.
Earlier this week, Guardado’s family released the results of an independent autopsy that also concluded he was shot five times in the back.
In a statement, Chief Medical Examiner-Coroner Dr. Jonathan Lucas said he gave consideration to the “major variables” in the case in an effort to balance the administration of justice and the public’s right to know.]
No one deserves to be shot in the back. It’s illegal. Only cowards shoot people in the back.