School cop who shot teen is fired as police announces it is investigating the incident as a homicide

School cop who shot teen is fired as police announces it is investigating the incident as a homicide



The Southern California school safety officer who shot a student last week has been fired and the Long Beach Police Department announced that it is investigating the incident as a homicide.



The announcement was made the day after the victim, 18-year-old Manuela 'Mona' Rodriguez, was taken off life support.







The Long Beach Police Department said in a statement released on October 7: "Yesterday, Oct. 6, 2021, Manuela ‘Mona’ Rodriguez, who was struck in the upper body in a shooting incident on Sep. 27, 2021, succumbed to her injuries.



"In light of this news, detectives are now investigating this matter as a homicide."



A Long Beach PD spokesman confirmed to The Daily Beast that an investigation is underway, but could not provide a timeline for its completion.







The announcement follows Wednesday’s firing by the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) of the officer involved, Eddie F. Gonzalez, for violating district policy on the use of force, Superintendent Jill Baker said at a news conference.



"After our internal review, we clearly saw areas where the employee violated district policy and did not meet our standards and expectations," Baker told reporters.


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