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Robbery Victim Arrested; His Lie Sparked Fatal Shooting

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

A California robbery victim who apparently lied to police about his attackers having a gun is now under arrest after police killed one of the suspects.

The New York Times reports that on Saturday night a man named Oscar Carrillo called 911 in Pasadena and said that two young men pulled a gun on him and stole his backpack.

Police responded and tracked down the two alleged robbers. They were running away from the officers when one of them reportedly reached into his waistband. Thinking he was going for the gun Carrillo told them about, the two officers opened fire. Kendrec McDade, 19, was killed.

It turns out neither McDade nor his alleged accomplice was armed. Police searched for days for the gun and found nothing. So they went back and reinterviewed Carrillo, who reportedly admitted that he lied about the gun so police would respond faster. 

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Carrillo was arrested and is now charged with suspicion of involuntary manslaughter.

"Mr. Carrillo is partly responsible for creating that situation,” Pasadena Police Lieutenant Phlunte Riddle said.

The 17-year-old suspect, who police say confessed to the robbery, is charged with burglary, grand theft and failure to register as a gang member, a condition of his parole from an earlier conviction.