Mayor calls for criminal charges against school safety officer who fatally shot 18-year-old

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia on Thursday said prosecutors should “absolutely” file criminal charges against a Long Beach Unified school safety officer accused of fatally shooting an 18-year-old woman.

Mona Rodriguez, a young mother who had just been involved in a fight with a 15-year-old girl, was riding in a car driving away from the scene near Millikan High School on Sept. 27 when School Safety Officer Eddie F. Gonzalez fired into the moving car as it sped past him, according to police and video from the incident.

On Twitter Thursday, Garcia praised the LBUSD’s decision to fire Gonzalez. He has previously called Rodriguez’s death “horrific and tragic,” but his call for criminal charges marks an escalation.

Mona Rodriguez. Courtesy her family.

Long Beach police say they’re still investigating and no decision has been made whether Gonzalez will be charged with a crime. That call will be up to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office.

Long Beach homicide detectives are sharing evidence as they gather it with the District Attorney’s office, LBPD spokesman Richard Mejia said.

Police have not arrested Gonzalez, waiting instead on a decision from the District Attorney’s office, according to the department.

“Homicide detectives are in regular communication with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and are providing evidence from the ongoing investigation to them for filing consideration,” police said in a statement.

Long Beach Unified fires school safety officer who fatally shot 18-year-old woman

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Jeremiah Dobruck is the breaking news editor for the Long Beach Post. He began his journalism career in 2007 as an intern at Palos Verdes Peninsula News and has worked for The Forum Newsgroup in New York City, the Daily Pilot and the Press-Telegram. He lives in Torrance with his wife, Lindsey, and their two young children.
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