Sheriff’s Department: Security Camera Video Supports Border Agent’s Claims in Shooting Death of 15-Year-Old Pasadena Boy

Published : Friday, June 2, 2017 | 5:12 AM

15-year-old Pasadenan Darius Smith died last week after being shot four times by an off-duty border patrol agent in Arcadia.

A Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department spokesman said security camera footage recorded near the scene of last Friday night shootings of two teenagers in Arcadia, including 15-year-old Pasadena resident Darrius Smith who died from his wounds, backs up the story of an off-duty border patrol agent who said that the teenagers had attempted to rob him before he opened fire.

Sheriff’s detective Lt. John Corina said the video footage will not be released at this time because it is part of an ongoing investigation.

A lawyer’s claim that the boy was executed is a “complete fabrication,” Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. John Corina told KPCC.

Corina said the footage showed different parts of the incident that occurred at around 8:13 p.m. on Friday, May 26 in the 400 block of 1st Avenue in Arcadia.

In the video, Corina said, the three teens can be seen following the off-duty agent as he got off a Metro Gold Line train in Arcadia, wearing headphones and listening to music. The boys approached the victim from behind and struck him the head at least three times, Corina said.

At that pointed Darius Smith pointed a BB gun at the officer’s face and demanded money. The agent responded by drawing his service weapon and opening fire, Corina said.

Smith was struck four times. He fled, running for about two blocks before he collapsed. He died in a hospital a few hours later, Corina said.

The second teenager, Smith’s 14-year-old cousin, was also struck, and collapsed at the scene. The agent held him at gunpoint until responding police officers arrived. He has survived the incident.

The third suspect fled and was later arrested.

Corina said the agent fired a total of seven shots.

The mother of the 15-year-old Smith is questioning the truthfulness of the agent’s version of the incident.

Corina said that detectives have interviewed to some witnesses but are still looking for more witnesses and additional video.

The video retrieved so far, as well as a statement of the agent and statements of the subjects, corroborate what the agent originally reported, the report said.

Authorities have refused to name the border patrol agent, except to say he works for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection in San Francisco and resides in the San Gabriel Valley.

Customs and Border Protection Branch Chief Jaime Ruiz said the agency is conducting an internal investigation of the shooting. Detectives earlier recovered a BB gun at the scene which they believe was used in the incident.

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