Teenage robbery suspects shot by off-duty federal agent in Arcadia; 1 killed, 1 wounded




ARCADIA >> An off-duty U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent shot two teenagers, killing one, after the boys allegedly attacked and tried to rob him in Arcadia late Friday, officials said.

The shooting took place about 8:15 p.m. in the area of Colorado Boulevard and 1st Avenue, Deputy Caroline Rodriguez of the Los Angeles County sheriff’s Information Bureau said.

The off-duty federal agent was walking down the sidewalk when three teenage boys attacked him from behind, she said in a written statement.

“One of the subjects hit him in the head several times while another subject pointed a handgun at the victim and demanded his property,” according to the statement. “The victim thought the subjects were going to rob and shoot him so he retrieved his department issued handgun. The victim shot at the subjects in an effort to defend himself.”

The suspect brandishing the handgun, a 15-year-old boy, as well as a second 14-year-old suspect were struck, officials said. The third teen, 14, ran away.

Both wounded teens were taken to an area hospital.

The 15-year-old suspect succumbed to his injuries just after 5:30 a.m. Saturday morning, Deputy Guillermina Saldana said. His identity was not available.

The wounded 14-year-old remained hospitalized with injuries described as non-life-threatening, Saldana said.

“The victim had some bruising to his face which did not require medical treatment,” Rodriguez said.

Police soon found the third suspect at a nearby home. He was booked…

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