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911 caller's lie led to shooting of college student, police allege

March 28, 2012 |  6:43 pm

PasadenashootingPasadena police allege that a false claim by a 911 caller -- who said armed robbers stole his computer  -- set off a chain of events that ended with a police officer fatally shooting a college student.

The officer shot 19-year-old Kendrec McDade on a narrow street in the city’s Northeast district about 11 p.m. on Saturday.

Police were dispatched to the scene after a man, identified as Oscar Carrillo, called 911 claiming that two armed men stole his laptop computer and backpack while he was buying tacos at a restaurant on Orange Grove Boulevard.

But on Wednesday, police officials said Carrillo lied to police about the gun and that detectives now believe neither McDade or the other person was armed.

Carrillo was arrested on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter, with police saying his call led to the fatal shooting.

“Mr. Carrillo emphatically indicated a gun was involved ... that is very important. It sets the platform for the mind-set of the responding officers,” Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez said at a press conference Wednesday.

On a 911 tape released by police, Carrillo is heard saying first that one of the suspects had a gun and later than both were armed.

Sanchez said that after further interviews, Carrillo admitted to detectives that he made up the account of the gun.

But the chief said video from a security camera shows the two young men were involved in the theft of a backpack from Carrillo's car. Sanchez alleged that McDade was a lookout in the theft.


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Photo: Kendrec McDade. Credit: Times Community News