Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon announced Wednesday that a California school safety officer has been charged with murder after fatally shooting an 18-year-old woman as she attempted to flee a physical fight.
According to a Long Beach police spokesperson, Eddie Gonzalez, 51, is presently detained in the Long Beach jail. The amount of his bail has been set at $2 million.
"We must hold accountable the people we have placed in positions of trust to protect us," Gascon 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."
On September 27, Gonzalez was monitoring a neighborhood near Millikan High School in Long Beach when he witnessed a dispute between Manuela Rodriguez, 18, and a 15-year-old girl, according to the police. The school safety officer allegedly fired his weapon at the sedan, striking Rodriguez as he and two others attempted to flee the scene in a neighboring vehicle.
Rodriguez was rushed to the hospital and died a week later from her injuries, according to Gascon's office.