Today authorities identified the man killed Wednesday in a deadly deputy-involved shooting as 23-year-old Cristian Rene Medina. The shooting occurred around 4:30 am Wednesday in the Florence area of Los Angeles.
Deputies had been called to 64th Street and Holmes Avenue after reports of a “robbery in progress” and matched the victim to the suspect’s description. While no weapon was found on the victim or at the scene, the deputies say they fired on the young man, who was pronounced dead on the scene, because he had assumed what appeared to be a “shooting stance.” Each of the two deputies is said to have fired a single shot.
According to sheriff’s deputy Grace Medrano, Century Station deputies received a call that they were looking for a suspect wearing a black hoodie, black shorts and carrying a black handgun.
“When deputies approached the area, they saw a man that matched the description in the call standing by himself next to a pay phone,” Medrano said. “When the suspect became aware of the deputies’ presence, he took a two- hand shooting stance, and a deputy-involved shooting occurred.”
Sheriff’s Lt. Eddie Hernandez described how the “shooting stance” as, “[…]something that you would see in a training film, where you place your hands … in front of you, and bring your two index fingers together.”
Hernandez told reporters that they were able to trace the call about the robbery to the pay phone where Medina was standing when he was shot.
It is “suspicious,” he said, “That is where the call originated and he was the only one standing in the area. The only … inference is he was the one who possibly made that call .… Right now we can’t draw any conclusions.”
The shooting took place outside of a liquor store where the store’s owner witnessed the killing. KTLA reports that authorities are still looking for surveillance video.
The investigation remains ongoing.