angel – a young mother who was Shot by a School Resource Officer in Long Beach And he was declared brain dead, is expected to be taken off life support on Thursday against the wishes of his family.
18-year-old Mona Rodriguez was shot in the head on Monday by a Long Beach Unified School District Safety Resource Officer while trying to escape from the scene of an earlier brawl near Millican High School inside a car.
According to the school district, the school resource officer was responding to an alleged fight between a woman and a 15-year-old girl. Long Beach police said when Rodriguez, a man and a boy tried to leave the scene of the fight in a gray car, the school’s resource officer opened fire, hitting Rodriguez.
Police said Rodriguez was sitting in the front passenger seat when she was shot.
Video of the shooting posted online shows the officer, who has not been publicly identified, firing at least two shots at the car.
Investigators determined that Rodriguez initiated the original brawl and that he and the 15-year-old girl “know each other,” although the motive for the brawl was unknown, according to police.
Rodriguez’s boyfriend of two years and father of her 5-month-old son, Rafeel Choudhury, got emotional outside Long Beach Memorial Care Hospital on Wednesday, saying, “I want justice for my girl, my baby momma, the love of my life. “
“I want her in jail for what I did to my girlfriend,” he said. “She didn’t deserve it.”
Family and friends held a candlelight wake for Rodriguez on Wednesday night. The family members said that the hospital has informed them that they will be taken off life support system on Thursday against their wishes. If that happens, the family wants the attorney general to investigate and indict the officer for his death.
“We want justice for my cousin. She didn’t deserve to be shot. She was doing something she shouldn’t have done but she was unarmed, she was already on the run, shoot that cop had no reason to,” said his cousin, Alex Villasenor.
The family’s lawyer said they had no recourse to prevent the hospital from disconnecting the young mother from life support.
The hospital has not commented.
School officials said no student was injured in the firing and there was no indication that any student was involved. No one from the Long Beach Police Department was involved in the shooting.
According to Long Beach police, a 20-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy were also involved in the fight. However, police are investigating his “level of involvement” in the fight.
Long Beach Police and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office are both investigating the shooting. The security officer of the school who opened fire has been sent on leave.