Life support

Mother shot by school resource officer must be removed from life support against family’s wishes

A young mother who was shot by a school resource officer in Long Beach and declared brain dead is set to be removed from life support on Friday, Oct. 1, according to the family’s attorney.

Mona Rodriguez, 18, was shot in the head by a Long Beach Unified School District security guard on Monday while inside a car trying to flee the scene of an altercation earlier near Millikan High School.

According to the school district, the school resource officer was responding to an alleged fight between the woman and a 15-year-old girl. When Rodriguez, a man and a boy attempted to leave the scene of the fight in a gray car, the school resource officer opened fire, hitting Rodriguez, Long Beach police said.

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Rodriguez was sitting in the front passenger seat when she was shot, police said.

Video of the shooting posted online appears to show the officer, who has not been publicly identified, firing at least two shots at the car.

Investigators determined that Rodriguez initiated the initial altercation and that she and the 15-year-old “knew each other,” although the motive for the altercation is unknown, according to police.

Rodriguez’s boyfriend of two years and the father of her 5-month-old son, Rafeul Chowdhury, got emotional outside Long Beach Memorial Care Hospital on Wednesday, saying, “I want justice for my daughter, my baby mama, love of my life .”

“I want him in jail for what he did to my girlfriend,” he said. “She didn’t deserve it.”

Family and friends held a candlelight vigil for Rodriguez on Wednesday night.

Ahead of the family attorney’s update, family members said the hospital informed them that she would be taken off life support on Thursday against their wishes. Later that day, Rodriguez’s family attorney announced that the young woman would be taken off life support on Friday.

Earlier in the week, the family wanted the attorney general to investigate and want the officer charged in his death.

Mona Rodriguez has been declared brain dead after being shot by a school resource officer in Long Beach.

“We want justice for my cousin. She didn’t deserve to be shot. Maybe she was doing something she wasn’t supposed to but she wasn’t armed, she was already running away, there was had no reason for that cop to shoot,” said his cousin, Alex Villasenor.

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The family’s attorney said they had no recourse to prevent the hospital from disconnecting the young mother from life support.

The hospital did not comment.

School officials said no students were injured in the shooting and there were no indications that any students were involved. No one from the Long Beach Police Department was involved in the shooting.

Long Beach police say a 20-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy were also involved in the fight. However, the police are investigating their “level of involvement” in the fight.

Long Beach Police and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office are both investigating the shooting. The school security guard who fired the shots has been placed on leave.

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