According to the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD), Manuel “Mona” Rodriguez was shot by a Milicon High School security officer on Sept. 27 after a physical altercation between Rodriguez and a 15-year-old girl.
In a statement to CNN, the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD), which is currently handling the investigation, said Monday, Sept. 27, at 3:12 p.m., “LBPD officers responded to the area of Spring Street and Palo Verde Avenue. A hit shooting.”
The school safety officer responded to the “off-campus” incident, Long Beach Unified School District’s director of public information, Chris Eftichiu, told CNN by email.
The LBPD statement said, “Preliminary investigations revealed that the school’s security officer was driving when he saw physical activity between the 18-year-old female suspect and the 15-year-old female minor victim.”
Police said Rodriguez and the other two involved in the altercation then tried to flee in a four-door sedan, when a school security officer approached the vehicle and fired as it sped away, hitting Rodriguez in the front passenger seat. The other 20-year-old man and 16-year-old man were in the car, police said.
Eyewitnesses reported the incident
Rodriguez’s family lawyers say the driver of the vehicle was Rodriguez’s accomplice and the father of her 5-month-old son, and the other passenger at the time of the incident was his teenage brother.
A video obtained by a CNN viewer shows the officer approaching the vehicle on the passenger side of the vehicle and removing his weapon.
“I just want justice for my sister,” Rodriguez’s brother, Iran Rodriguez, said Friday. “She didn’t deserve it. No one deserves it.”
The school’s security officer was appointed by the school on January 10 this year and “no disciplinary issues or complaints have been filed against him,” Iftichou said.
The officer has been placed on administrative leave, FTCU confirmed to CNN. Iftichio said the school security officers are employees of the district, not of any police department. He added that school security officers train state-ordered peace officers for more than 600 hours, and that officers are updated twice a year with annual gun training.
The mayor says the ‘city’ is very sad
Rodriguez’s family was represented by attorney Lewis A. Carillo has been retained. In a letter to California Attorney General Rob Bonta, Carillo said the officer’s actions were “reckless” and that Rodriguez was “unjustly shot.”
“This officer had no justification for using lethal force against Ms. Rodriguez because she was not in danger when Ms. Rodriguez shot the officer.”
Rodriguez’s mother, Manuela Sehgun, told reporters during a vigil for her daughter on Wednesday that her heart was “scattered” and that no mother wanted to go through the situation she was going through.
Long Beach City Mayor Robert Garcia said in a tweet that the city was “shaken” by the tragedy.
“The town is shaken by the horrific and tragic shooting of Mona Rodriguez by the Long Beach School District Security Officer. We are praying for her family. While officers are not city staff, we are working with the LA County DA to investigate,” Garcia said.
The Long Beach Police Department confirmed to CNN that the motive behind the shooting is under investigation. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office will also conduct an independent investigation into the incident, the LBPD said. Long Beach Unified School District is cooperating with LBPD in this investigation.
Rodriguez did not enroll as a student at the high school, FTCU told CNN. But FTCU said she had previously attended another school in the district.
Rodriguez is currently at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and will be disconnected from Life Support this weekend, her family said Friday.
The last protocol of life
Long Beach Medical Center told CNN it could not comment on Rodriguez’s condition under HIPAA regulations but shared his last-life protocol for patients considered brain dead.
“When a patient is pronounced dead by neurological criteria, it means that the patient has a complete and permanent loss of brain function.
“Under California law, two physicians must independently complete a patient’s own examination and be declared dead by neurological criteria if brain function is impaired. After any such announcement, the family is notified and, by law, provided a period of residence to grieve the family and gather loved ones.” Has said.
Mona’s family said Friday that her organs would be donated.
“Her organs will be donated to the needy as she wishes,” Rodriguez told a news conference, according to a family statement shared by Carillo.