There are new details at NBC's site on the killing of an 18-year-old recent graduate of Granada Hills High by law enforcement we mentioned Saturday morning--the story the Times won't touch. The details are unsatisfying, and NBC's story, relying on details solely provided by law enforcement, doesn't quite add up.
DEA agents were involved in the shooting behind Chipotle in Studio City. One deputy tangled with a suspect. "A white sedan driven by a second suspect [the victim] sped toward the group and hit a deputy," the story says.
What was the "second suspect", who lost his life in the following sequence of events, suspected of at this time? Why was the driver of this car considered a "second suspect" at this time, if nobody was confronting him at this time?
The parking lot was dark. A deputy was hit with a car by the "second suspect"/victim, and the deputy rolled over the car's window. Another deputy--it's not stated which one--then opened fire on the "second suspect"/victim driving the car that hit the deputy, killing him.
The NBC report, however, doesn't say how many deputies, including the one pulling the gun, were plainclothes (all of them?), or whether the victim may have mistaken the deputy confronting the first (true) suspect as a robber, or whether he may not have even seen him but was trying to flee what looked and sounded like a dicey crime scene. Nor does it explain how the driver hit only the deputy and not the true suspect with his car if those in the confrontation formed a "group." It sounds more like the deputy who was hit had a gun trained on the true suspect from a distance, and whether he was in uniform or plainclothes remains a question.
These DEA agents weren't dealing with sophisticated criminals who knew how the DEA engages; they were dealing with at least one unidentified eighteen-year-old with no priors. Anyway, the only witnesses are DEA agents and a young man now in a position to bargain details with the DEA over the life of a man he likely had never met.