Lawyer: Pasadena cop shot Kendrec McDade from police cruiser

Brian Charles (Pasadena-Star News) | March 27, 2012

PASADENA – The lawyer for slain teenager Kendrec McDade’s family on Tuesday described the shooting of the former Azusa High School football standout as a drive-by conducted by a member of the Pasadena Police Department.

Attorney Caree Harper said an unidentified officer rolled down the window of his patrol car and fired at least one shot at the 19-year-old, while a second officer chasing on foot opened fire as well. The volley of as many as 10 shots killed McDade.

Both officers said McDade was grabbing at his waistband, which led them to believe he was reaching for a weapon. The officers believed McDade to be a suspect in an armed robbery.

Harper met with police Chief Phillip Sanchez before noon on Tuesday, the first of two secret meetings between the police chief and select members of the community.

Sanchez later announced that the Los Angeles County Office of Independent Review will conduct an investigation into the shooting.

“It sounded like the chief has a good heart. But in the case of an unarmed man who was shot dead by one man from his patrol car and one man chasing on foot, a good heart is not enough,” Harper said. “There is going to have be an investigation to make sure it doesn’t look like a cover-up.”

After more than two days of combing the area where McDade was killed, police have found no gun.

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