L.A. Deputies Fatally Shoot 18-Year-Old Security Guard Who Was Running Away

An investigation has been launched after an 18-year-old man was shot by a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy on Thursday.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's homicide detectives are responding to the incident, which occurred in the 400 Block of Redondo Beach Blvd in unincorporated Gardena.

The victim has been identified by family as security guard Andres Guardado.

In a statement, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Deputy James Nagao said the victim was "struck by gunfire and pronounced dead at the scene" and no officers were injured during the incident.

Speaking to reporters at the scene, Lieutenant Charles Calderaro said: "Deputies observed the individual, at which point he observed the deputies."

"The individual then produced a handgun and began running southbound away from the deputies through businesses nearby."

"Deputies engaged in a short foot pursuit between the two businesses,'' Calderaro added. "At some point, deputies contacted the suspect and that's when the deputy-involved shooting occurred."

Speaking to CBS LA, Andrew Heney, who owns the auto body shop where Guardado worked security for, said the 18-year-old only started running because he was "scared" by the deputies.

"We had a security guard that was out front, because we had just had certain issues with people tagging and stuff like that," Heney said. "And then the police came up, and they pulled their guns on him and he ran because he was scared, and they shot and killed him.

"He's got a clean background and everything. There's no reason."

The LASD has not provided any additional information about the shooting and the investigation is ongoing.

The Department has been contacted for further comment.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.

This is the LASD's second officer-involved shooting in a matter of days.

On Wednesday, deputies fatally shot 31-year-old Terron Jammal Boone in Rosamond, California.

At the time, Boone was wanted on suspicion of a number of offenses, including domestic violence, assault with a deadly weapon, terrorist threats and false imprisonment.

The shooting occurred during a traffic stop in which deputies were trying to confirm the identity of the suspect. Boone is alleged to have exited the vehicle and fired at the deputies.

Three detectives and their field supervisor returned fire, hitting Boone several times in the upper torso. He was later pronounced dead at the scene.

It was later revealed that the suspect was the half-brother of Robert Fuller, the black male who was found hanging from a tree in Palmdale, California, on June 10.

Fuller's death is under investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Homicide Bureau after it was initially ruled a suicide.

(File photo) Police tape hangs across the street in front of a house in Park City, Kansas, 2005. An investigation has been launched after an 18-year-old man was shot by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy. Larry W. Smith/Getty