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Pasadena chief asks FBI to review fatal shooting

April 5, 2012 |  7:52 pm


Pasadena's police chief has asked the FBI to step in and review the fatal shooting of an unarmed college student on a darkened street by two of his officers last month.

Chief Phillip Sanchez said it "would offer another level of independent review" into the shooting of Kendrec McDade, 19, who was shot and killed March 24 as police were searching for what they believed was a pair of armed robbers.

The shooting is already being investigated by Pasadena police, L.A. County prosecutors and the county’s Office of Independent Review.

The case took an unusual twist when police arrested a 911 caller who initially told police that McDade and another young man had stolen a backpack from his car, and that both were armed. The caller later admitted he had lied about the gun, police said.

Officers Jeff Newlen and Mathew Griffin, believing they were dealing with an armed suspect, shot McDade on Sunset Avenue about 11 p.m as he had his hand in his waistband, police said.

The 911 caller, Oscar Carrillo, was later arrested on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter because police said he had set the deadly events in motion by lying.

Carrillo has yet to be charged and his attorney has adamantly denied any wrongdoing, saying his client was scared when he made the 911 call.


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Photo: Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez offers prayers at New Revelation Missionary Baptist Church before addressing residents about the investigation into the shooting of Kendrec McDade, 19. Credit:  Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times