Story at a glance

  • A California high school safety officer has been charged with murder after he allegedly fatally shot 18-year-old Manuela Rodriguez.
  • Rodriguez leaves behind a 5-month-old son.
  • The safety officer has been fired.

An unarmed 18-year-old girl in Long Beach, Calif., was killed by her high school’s safety officer, and now the officer has been charged with murder. 

The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office announced the charge on Wednesday, saying Eddie Gonzalez, a former safety officer at Millikan High School, was charged with one count of murder after he allegedly fired his handgun at a moving car, killing 18-year-old Manuela Rodriguez. His bail has been set at $2 million. 

The shooting occurred on Sept. 27 after Rodriguez was seen having an altercation with a girl near Millikan High School. Rodriguez then walked away and entered a nearby car, and Gonzalez, who was patrolling the area at the time, allegedly fired his gun at the vehicle, fatally shooting Rodriguez.

“We must hold accountable the people we have placed in positions of trust to protect us. That is especially true for the armed personnel we traditionally have relied upon to guard our children on their way to and from and at school,” said George Gascón, Los Angeles district attorney in a statement. 


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Video footage of the incident has been circulating on social media. 

Rodriguez was taken to the hospital and died a week later. She leaves behind a 5-month-old son. 

The Long Beach Unified School District announced Gonzalez had been fired from his job as safety officer, following a unanimous vote by the district’s board of directors, according to The Orange County Register.

The district prohibits staff from shooting at moving vehicles or through windows unless absolutely necessary. 

Gonzalez’s arraignment is scheduled for Friday. 


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Published on Oct 28, 2021