LA TIMES: 911 Caller Caught Lying to Pasadena Police in Teenage Shooting Is Undocumented

Apr 3, 2012
2:33 pm

Last week, we shared a sad story out of Pasadena, where a young teenage boy was shot by police, acting on information from a 911 caller that was wrong. This afternoon the LA TIMES is reporting that the 911 caller, 26-year-old Oscar Carillo, who was charged with involuntary manslaughter last week for the death of Kendrec McDade, is being held by authorities because he is undocumented.

Here is a screen grab of today's story:


The Times story begins:

The L.A. County district attorney's office said Monday a 911 caller who lied to Pasadena police, leading them to believe a young man they fatally shot was armed is being held as an illegal immigrant.

Oscar Carrillo, 26, was arrested last Wednesday for involuntary manslaughter in the death of Kendrec McDade, 19, who was fatally shot March 24 by Pasadena police Officers Jeffrey Newlen and Mathew Griffin.

Usually prosecutors have 48 hours to charge someone in custody or release them, but district attorney's spokeswoman Jane Robison said Carrillo is on an immigration hold requested by federal Immigration & Customs Enforcement.

The immigration hold asks officials not to release Carrillo because he is believed to be in the United States illegally. Robison said prosecutors are reviewing the evidence from Pasadena police.


Carrillo told a 911 operator two young men stole his backpack and laptop at gunpoint. Minutes later, two officers shot McDade a few blocks away, believing he was armed.


Carrillo admitted to detectives he lied about the gun.


You can read the rest of the story here.