A Long Beach school security officer was fired Wednesday, a week after he fatally shot an 18-year-old woman a block from campus.
Eddie F. Gonzalez had been on leave since the Sept. 27 shooting near Millikan High School.
Mona Rodriguez died after being shot in the head when Gonzalez opened fire on a moving car in a parking lot.
Gonzalez had gone off campus to break up a fight between Rodriguez and a 15-year-old Millikan student shortly after school let out. When the woman got into a car to leave the scene, Gonzalez approached the passenger side of the vehicle. A video of the incident, posted on social media, shows him fire two shots as the car begins to pull away.
The two other occupants of the car — Rodriguez’s boyfriend and his 16-year-old brother — were not injured.
“After our internal review, we clearly saw areas where the employee violated district policy,” school superintendent Jill Baker said during a news briefing Wednesday.
She said Gonzalez’s actions did not meet policy, and that his firing was “the right thing to do.” She declined to comment on the criminal investigation into the shooting.
Outside, dozens cheered as word of the school resource officer’s firing was announced over social media. Some in the crowd wore shirts bearing photos of the woman he killed, and carried signs urging “Justice for Mona Rodriguez.”
Rodriguez was the mother of a 5-month-old child.
Gonzalez was not a sworn officer during his employment with the Long Beach Unified School District, but had worked as an officer with the Los Alamitos and Sierra Madre police departments prior to his hiring with the district, officials said.
He was with the Los Alamitos force for three months in early 2019. A city spokesperson gave no reason for his departure. He was then hired by Sierra Madre sometime before September 2019 and remained with that department at least until April 2020.
He had passed all background checks prior to his hiring on Jan. 10, 2021, Long Beach school district spokesman Chris Eftychiou said.
The Long Beach Police Department was continuing its investigation into the shooting, spokesman Richard Mejia said. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office was also investigating the shooting.
Authorities have not disclosed whether a firearm was found inside the victims’ car.