The investigation into the shooting death of an unarmed black student took a turn Wednesday when Pasadena police arrested the 911 caller who reported the alleged armed robbery that led to 19-year-old Kendrec Lavelle McDade's death. Police say McDade reached for his waistband and officers fired.
The caller, Oscar Carrillo, was arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter. Carrillo had told a 911 operator that two men pointed a gun at him and stole his laptop computer, but police officials say that the man lied about the gun and that neither McDade nor the other person were armed.
After investigators interviewed Carrillo and listened to the 911 call, they realized his report had many inconsistencies, according to Police Chief Phillip Sanchez. Police concluded that there was no gun and that Carrillo had lied.
They played the 911 tapes at a press conference Wednesday afternoon. The tapes showed inconsistencies with Carrillo's descriptions of where the alleged armed robbers were going, what they were wearing and whether they had a gun or not.
“At some point, Carrillo indicates that not only is one suspect armed but that they are both armed," Sanchez said. "Pasadena police officers responded to that scene believing that an armed robbery had just occurred.”
Despite the inconsistencies, police say they do believe McDade was an accomplice in the robbery. A backpack and a laptop were stolen, but they have not been recovered.
On Tuesday, March 27, police met with the district attorney to pursue charges against Carrillo. Earlier Wednesday afternoon, Pasadena police arrested Carrillo.
Police believe that Carrillo knew the two suspects. Carrillo said that he recognized them in part because he'd seen them before at the Pasadena business Carrillo works for.
This story has been updated.