Teen charged in Downey officer’s killing is innocent, his sister says

21 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

16-Year-Old Charged With Murder In Shooting Of Downey Police Officer.

LOS ANGELES – A 16-year-old has been charged as an adult with murder in the shooting death of a Southern California police officer in what investigators called a botched robbery.

The message came at 11:18 p.m., just minutes after Downey police Officer Ricardo Galvez was shot and killed in an attempted robbery outside the department’s headquarters. Alvarado showed the text message to reporters Friday outside the Downey courtroom where her brother, 16-year-old Abel Diaz, appeared on a murder charge in connection with Galvez’s shooting.

Helium balloons with stars and stripes marked the parking spot next to the Downey Police Department’s headquarters where 29-year-old Galvez was fatally shot on Wednesday night. Lopez said that Diaz’s family was in court Friday and they said that he was innocent.His mother nearly collapsed when she saw him in handcuffs and later had to be restrained, Lopez reported. A district attorney’s spokeswoman, Jane Robison, said “the evidence will show that [Diaz] was involved in events that led to the officer’s death.” She said prosecutors are not alleging that Diaz pulled the trigger. The three suspects were arrested after a chase led by a Downey officer who heard the gunfire and saw a Nissan sedan speeding away from the parking lot.

He always brought a smile,” said Eleazar Aguilar, who served with Galvez in Gulf Co. 223, based in Pico Rivera. “He was always the leader in the unit, there was no question about that. When Vernis opened a barbershop called the Pride on Firestone Boulevard, Galvez persuaded his fellow Downey police officers to patronize the business.

She said she had been interviewed by homicide detectives three times since 3 a.m. on Thursday, after police searched her apartment unit, impounded her vehicle and took her cellphone. “He’s a big guy, he’s 6-1 and yeah, because of his haircut he maybe looks like a gangbanger, but looks can be deceiving,” she said of her boyfriend. “He may look mean, but he’s very nice and generous.” Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Detectives, he said, are also investigating whether the three were responsible for a series of recent robberies in an area that includes Downey, Lakewood and Bellflower. Once they were in custody, the suspects admitted to trying to rob Galvez, according to Corina, who said Galvez was not wearing his uniform at the time of the attack and was not targeted because he was a police officer.

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