The two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies involved in the shooting of Andres Guardado were relieved of duty this week in connection with a traffic collision unrelated to the 18-year-old’s death, a sheriff’s spokesman said.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva ordered Deputies Miguel Vega and Chris Hernandez to be suspended pending the outcome of an investigation into a crash that occurred two months before Guardado’s death, said Lt. John Satterfield. He would not elaborate, citing the active investigation.
According to the California Highway Patrol, Vega was driving with a man in custody riding in the backseat when he went in pursuit of another man on a bicycle and crashed the patrol car. Hernandez’s role in the incident is unclear.
Attorneys representing both deputies declined to comment Friday.
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