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LBUSD Safety Officer who shot Mona Rodriguez charged with murder

Updated: Oct 29



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.

Details:

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."

Catch-up:

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.



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