According to CBS 2 in Los Angeles, a male individual was walking along the sidewalk in Arcadia, California when he was attacked from behind by the three teenage boys, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reported.
The incident happened just after 8 in the evening. One of the suspects hit the victim in the head several times while another pointed a handgun and demanded his property. Turns out the chosen victim was an off-duty U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer.
Sherriff’s Spokesperson Deputy Caroline Rodriguez said “The victim thought the subjects were going to rob and shoot him so he retrieved his department issued handgun. The victim shot at the subjects in an effort to defend himself.”
One of two teenage suspects shot by the officer died from his injuries. That 15-year-old robber was pronounced dead shortly after 5 in the morning at a local hospital. His 14-year-old partner also suffered gunshot wounds but is expected to survive.
A third teen suspect, another 14 year old, who fled when the shooting started, was in custody following the incident. The officer was not shot but did suffer some bruising to his face and head during the attack. He was treated at the scene and released.
The Officer works at San Francisco International Airport and lives in Arcadia. The suspects’ names were not released because they are juveniles.
Three young criminals pick the wrong victim. The Officer showed great restraint in not shooting all three young street criminals immediately. No one really wants to shoot at children but the decision is to risk your own life?
A valid shooting by all standards!
Statement from the dead robber mother:
The teen who was killed was identified by family as 15-year-old Darius Smith. The boy’s mother Reshawna Myricks said she cannot believe he’d be involved in a robbery.
She said the officer should have fired warning shots — instead of aiming at the boys.
“It’s not right. And I want to know what happened because the story you said ain’t the truth,” Myricks said. “The crazy part is they let you walk on … my baby is not walking on no more.”
Uhh? Like the warning they gave the victim before they hit him in the head several times?
The Customs and Border Patrol Office of Professional Responsibility says it is working closely with the Investigating agencies. No doubt to be sure policies were not violated by the victim’s self-defense.
Bob Irwin, Las Vegas
About Bob Irwin:
Bob is retired after 30 years of ownership of The Gun Store & Indoor Range in Las Vegas. He continues his 2A issues show “Fired Up with Bob Irwin” on YouTube and on KSHP 1400 AM radio (Sunday mornings at 9 a.m.) As a firearm instructor of Concealed Firearm Applicants, Armed Security Officer and Law Enforcement Academies over his career, Bob appears frequently as an expert witness for firearm & use of force cases in Federal, State and local courts.