In 2014, Noel Aguilar was stopped by deputies for wearing headphones while he was riding his bike in Long Beach. A recently released video gives new details behind the death of a 23-year-old construction worker. 

This is a video just released by the attorneys representing the family of Noel Aguilar. It shows LA County Sheriff deputies on top of Aguilar when they fatally shot him May 26, 2014 in Long Beach. #NoelAguilar

Posted by OC Native on Monday, December 21, 2015

 

Here’s what you need to know about the deputy-involved shooting of 23-year-old Noel Aguilar in Long Beach.

Why was Aguilar stopped?

Los Angeles County Sheriff Deputies Jose Ruiz and Albert Murad attempted to stop Aguilar for wearing headphones as he was riding his bike, near Long Beach Blvd. and 69th Way around 9:45 A.M. on May 26, 2014, according to authorities.

Aguilar allegedly fled, which escalated the situation.

What happened when he was stopped?

Deputy Jose Ruiz was shot in the stomach. In response, both deputies shot and killed Aguilar.

Was Aguilar armed or dangerous?

It is unclear whether Aguilar was armed. According to a Los Angeles Times report at the time, authorities said he was armed with his own handgun and that a handgun was recovered at the scene. But the new video does not show Aguilar with a gun in hand or posing a threat to deputies.

However, Aguilar was a known gang member on the city’s gang injunction list. He had a lengthy criminal record in Long Beach dating to at least 2009, according to the Orange County Register.

“Court records show that Aguilar had a list of convictions in Long Beach that included grand theft auto, felony reckless driving and evading arrest, contempt of court, possession of a controlled substance and driving on a suspended license.”

Before the video was released, what did we know about Aguilar’s death?

It was originally believed that Aguilar was shot and killed after deputies said he reached for one of their weapons and shot Ruiz in the stomach with Murad’s gun, according to a 2014 report.

It was believed that Aguilar shot Ruiz in the stomach with Murad’s gun. Now we know that Ruiz was shot in the stomach by Deputy Murad himself.

Here’s what the Los Angeles Times reported in 2014.

A struggle ensued and Aguilar ran off with deputies in pursuit, according to a sheriff’s department news release.

When deputies caught up with Aguilar, a second struggle occurred and Aguilar attempted to take a deputy’s handgun away, officials said.

Both deputies fired at Aguilar, who was armed with his own handgun. Aguilar was pronounced dead at the scene.

Now that the video is released, what has changed?

In the video, we see that Ruiz shoots Murad in the stomach. We hear Aguilar say “I didn’t shoot nobody.” We do not see Aguilar attempt to take away the deputy’s handgun.

Murad then fires a shot into Aguilar’s stomach. Ruiz fires three rapid shots into Aguilar’s back. The deputies stay on top of Aguilar and make no attempt to resuscitate him or keep him alive.

Aguilar was then pronounced dead at the scene. He was a construction worker, who had a fiancée at home and a baby girl on the way.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office originally investigated the shooting and found it within policy, according to a report released on February 23, 2015. But the American Civil Liberties Union is pressuring for a renewed probe into the shooting.

Ruiz and Murad remain on active duty, according to KPCC.

TL;DR

Deputies said Aguilar shot Ruiz. The video shows Aguilar didn’t shoot anyone. Murad shot Ruiz.  Both officers shot and killed Aguilar. 

Originally posted 2016-04-12 21:52:45.

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