Kendrec McDade, 19, was shot and killed by Pasadena police after a neighbor lied about a robbery taking place involving two armed men.
Oscar Carillo was placed under arrest after he called 911 to report a robbery, leading to police shooting at Kendrec - who had nothing to do with the robbery.
Pasadena Police Chief Philip Sanchez told reporters Wednesday that a deadly chain of events was set into motion after officers responded to Carillo’s 911 call claiming a laptop had been stolen by two armed men.
Carillo’s phone call put officers on alert and led them to believe Kendrec McDade, 19, was armed when they saw him about two blocks from that location.
According to Sanches, "The actions of the 911 caller set the minds of the officers," McDade ran from officers until an officer used the police cruiser to block McDade's path in an alley and rolled down his window, Lt. Phlunte Riddle said.
McDade allegedly made a motion at his waistband and the officer opened fire. A second officer who was chasing McDade on foot also opened fire, Riddle said.
McDade, who was less than 10 feet away from the patrol car when the officer opened fire, died of his injuries at Huntington Hospital. The Citrus College student was a football standout at Azusa High School.
Detectives said in an interview that Carillo lied to police about the gun to speed up their response. Detectives now believe McDade and the other person were unarmed.
This is yet another case in which a young person didn’t have to die, out thoughts and prayers are with the McDade family.