By The Vanguard Staff
LOS ANGELES, CA – A Long Beach Unified School safety officer was arrested and charged Wednesday with murder in the shooting death of an unarmed 18-year-old in Long Beach, according to Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón.
Authorities said that on Sept. 27, then Long Beach Unified School District safety officer Eddie Gonzalez was patrolling an area near Millikan High School in Long Beach “when he noticed an altercation between 18-year-old Manuela Rodriguez and a teenage girl.”
Rodriguez entered into the rear passenger seat of a nearby car, and Gonzalez allegedly fired his handgun twice at the vehicle, striking Rodriguez in the head. She died Oct. 5.
Gonzalez, who has been fired, is being charged with one count of murder. Gonzalez, 51, is in Long Beach jail on $2 million bail. He has an arraignment scheduled for Friday in Long Beach Court.
“We must hold accountable the people we have placed in positions of trust to protect us,” District Attorney Gascón said. “That is especially true for the armed personnel we traditionally have relied upon to guard our children on their way to and from and at school.”
The case is under investigation by the Long Beach Police Department.