LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man Pasadena police blamed for a deadly shooting after he falsely claimed robbery suspects were armed will not be charged with involuntary manslaughter, Los Angeles County prosecutors said Tuesday.
The potential case against Oscar Felipe Carrillo was referred to Pasadena city prosecutors for consideration of a misdemeanor charge of false report of a criminal offense.
On March 24, Carrillo falsely alleged in a 911 call that he was robbed at gunpoint by two men. A robbery had taken place.
Carrillo later admitted no weapons were involved, and he’d lied to speed police response. His lawyer later said Carrillo was being used as a scapegoat by police.
One of the suspects, 19-year-old Kendrec McDade, was shot and killed by Pasadena officers who claimed they were on high alert because of the weapons claim.
Police said they opened fire when they saw McDade reach for his waistband in an alley.
An autopsy found that McDade was shot seven times.
Caree Harper, an attorney for McDade’s family, said the family was disappointed by the prosecutor’s decision.
“There should have at least been felonious false report of an emergency charge,” said Harper.
“It wasn’t the telephone call that killed Kendrick, but he did make a false report of an emergency and it resulted in an injury so he should be charged with a felony.”
McDade’s family has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit and a claim against the city of Pasadena and five officers.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.