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LASD - Los Angeles County Sheriffs Dept Information Bureau (SIB)
Thursday January 18th, 2018 :: 09:10 p.m. PST

Advisory

Private Security Guard Shoots Armed Robbery Suspect at Convenience Store, #LASD Compton

Deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Compton Station responded to the 15200 block of South Avalon Boulevard, Gardena regarding a silent robbery alarm activation that occurred on Saturday, December 30, 2017, at 11:35 p.m.
 
While at the location, Deputies learned the convenience store hired an armed security guard for the location.  As the security guard was sitting in his vehicle, he saw two Black males wearing hooded sweatshirts enter the convenience store. The Security guard saw the hooded portion was tightened in what appeared to be an attempt to conceal the identities of the men who entered.
 
As the security guard approached the entrance to the store, he saw both men had jumped over the front counter and began to rummage through the cashier’s pockets.  When the security guard walked in, he saw one of the males pointing what appeared to be a black semi-automatic handgun at the cashier.
 
Fearing for the cashier’s life, the security guard took action by shooting the male that was pointing the gun at the cashier. Believing the other male also had a weapon, he also fired at him, as a result striking both.
 
The security guard detained both males until deputies arrived. Both were transported to a local hospital and treated for their non-life threatening injuries. 
 
During the investigation, a replica semi-automatic handgun was recovered at the scene. Both males were discovered to be juveniles approximately 16 years-old. They were both booked and charged with robbery and are being held without bail.
 
Detectives are aware of a surveillance video of the robbery that has been circling throughout social media.
 
This is an ongoing investigation and no other information is available at this time.
 
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Compton Station Detective Stickley or Watch Commander at (310) 605-6500. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call "Crime Stoppers" by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org
 
Written by:
Detective Gregory Stickley
LASD Compton Station
301 Willowbrook Ave
Compton, Ca 90020
(310) 605-6500
 

Forwarded by:

Deputy Grace Medrano

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