Pasadena police shooting: Man tells 911 operator he was robbed [audio]
A man arrested on charges of lying in a 911 call that resulted in a deadly police shooting in Pasadena told an emergency dispatcher that someone "put a gun in my face," according to a copy of the call.
The caller told the 911 dispatcher that he had just been robbed, which set in a motion a chain of events that resulted in an officer fatally shooting 19-year-old Kendrec McDade about 11 p.m. Saturday.
The man said he that had been confronted and robbed by two armed assailants, according to a copy of the 911 call.
"Two guys ... just put a gun in my face," the man said.
"It was two guys .... Oh my God."
The dispatcher asked for details on the attackers and which they direction they fled.
"Did they have any weapons?" the dispatcher asked.
"Yeah, they have a gun," the man responded.
"Do you remember anything about the gun?" the dispatcher asked.
"Both have a gun, man," the man said. "They run away from me."
At a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Pasadena Police Chief Philip Sanchez played the tape and announced that the caller lied and had been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.
The actions of the 911 caller set the minds of officers that McDade was armed, Sanchez told reporters.
An officer shot McDade from the driver’s seat of a police cruiser in a narrow street in the city’s Northeast district, according to police.
The officer, who was sitting on the driver’s side, rolled down his window and opened fire after the teenager allegedly made a motion at his waistband, Lt. Phlunte Riddle said.
McDade, a football standout at Azusa High School who attended Citrus College, died of his injuries at Huntington Hospital.
Police were unable to recover a weapon or any the backpack, which the caller said contained a laptop.
The slaying sparked outrage from community members who demanded to know why the unarmed man had been killed.
--Richard Winton and Adolfo Flores in Pasadena
Photo: Kendrec McDade