LBUSD Safety Officer who shot Mona Rodriguez charged with murder
Updated: Oct 29, 2021
Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced Wednesday former Long Beach Unified School District safety officer Eddie Gonzalez, who shot and killed 18-year-old Mona Rodriguez near Millikan High School, will be charged with murder.
Eddie Gonzalez was charged with one count of murder. His arraignment will occur on Friday at the Los Angeles County Superior Court in Long Beach.
Gonzalez was arrested in the City of Orange and will be held on a $2 million bail.
Gascón was asked if Rodriguez's boyfriend Rafeul Chowdhury, would be charged with a crime, he replied, "the person being charged is the school safety officer."
LBPD Chief Robert Luna mentioned to the media that Chowdhury's "level of participation is still under investigation."
Luna told the media, "One of the females was a Millikan [High School] student."
According to the LBPD, Gonzalez was driving when he observed a fight between Rodriguez and a teenager. When Rodriguez, her boyfriend, and his 16-year-old brother attempted to run off into a 4-door gray sedan, Gonzalez approached the sedan in a parking lot, as the sedan drove away, he fired his gun in the rear passenger side window, striking Rodriguez.
Gonzalez has since been fired for violating district policy, and the incident has sparked protest and criticism of armed school officers.
Rodriguez was declared brain dead and removed from life support a week later.