Pasadena police using 911 caller as scapegoat, attorney says
The lawyer representing a man who police claim set off a chain of events that ended with the fatal shooting of a teen in Pasadena said his client is being used as a scapegoat by the police.
Oscar Carrillo, 26, allegedly lied to police about seeing one or more guns in the hands of two men whom he accused in a 911 call of taking items from his car on March 24.
Pasadena authorities said Carrillo’s story led officers to believe Kendrec McDade was armed and ultimately prompted officers to shoot and kill the 19-year-old.
Pasadena police arrested Carillo on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter but the Los Angeles County district attorney's office has so far declined to file charges.
Attorney Andres Bustamante said blaming his client for the death is a stretch.
“The [police] chief had to do some damage control because of the anger from the community and family, and passed some of the responsibility on [Carrillo],” Bustamante said. “It’s hard for me to conceive that the causation of the shooting was Carrillo.”
Bustamante said his client was not present during the shooting and had no knowledge of what took place when the officers fired.
“You have a guy who calls 911 and says they’re armed,” Bustamante said. “We don’t know if the suspect they stopped is the actual individual who robbed the car. There’s a big causation issue.”
“He was the victim of a crime and made a report,” Bustamante said. “He regrets exaggerating.”
Speaking through his lawyer, Carrillo had this to say to McDade’s family: “I’m very, very sorry for the tragedy that happened to your son, I regret having exaggerated … it never crossed my mind that he would’ve been killed.”
-- Adolfo Flores, Pasadena Sun
Photo: Friends and family members mourn Kendrec McDade at a memorial in Pasadena. Credit: Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press