Charges were dropped Wednesday against a man who was arrested on suspicion of murder after coming to the aid of a Boy Scout who was being attacked.
The incident happened outside the Moneta Gardens condominium complex in just before 5 a.m. Saturday, according to Torrance police.
The Boy Scout and his mother were packing their car for a camping trip when 19-year-old Sergio Wilms allegedly attacked the boy.
His mother came to aid her son, but couldn’t really help and began screaming, Sgt. Robert Watt of the Torrance Police Department said.
Carmen Reyes Jr., who was renting a room from the boy’s mother, ran outside and allegedly shot Wilms, who died at the scene, according to police.
Reyes, 58, was arrested and held behind bars until Wednesday when charges against him were dropped pending further investigation.
“He was coming to the rescue. I really don’t think that’s right,” one neighbor said of Reyes’ arrest.
Detectives were trying to determine whether Reyes acted in self defense.
“Bottom line is somebody was killed and we need to know why this happened, or how this happened,” Watt said.
The teen and his mother were very traumatized by the attack and the shooting and did not want to discuss it with news media, Watt said.
KTLA’s Courtney Friel contributed to this report.