Pasadena police release body camera footage of fatal shooting

Body camera footage released by the Pasadena Police Department shows the moments leading up to when officers opened fire on a gunman suspected of pursuit.

The fatal incident occurred on April 13 after an officer found a car parked in the wrong direction on one-way Hudson Avenue near Del Mar Boulevard. The officer asked 36-year-old Ricardo Guade Andrade for a driving license, but he did not have it. At the same time, another officer arrived to help.

Officers checked Andrade’s records and discovered he did not have a driver’s license. When police asked Andrade to get out of the car, he started driving away, almost hitting one of them.

Andrade then led police on a short chase before violently crashing into the family’s Tesla in the driveway of their home on Arden Road. He abandoned his wrecked pickup truck and ran into the neighborhood.

Pasadena police said the suspect broke into two homes in an attempt to escape. At the first home, 900 Oak Knoll Circle, the suspect broke the front window and began rummaging through the owners’ belongings, hoping to find a car key. The homeowners hid in bedroom closets until the suspect left and police arrived.

Andrade then allegedly burglarized another home in the 700 block of Oak Knoll Circle. He broke in through the back door as the homeowners ran out the front toward the officer parked outside.

Police then developed a plan to arrest Andrade using a K9 while a helicopter tracked his movements from above.

The K9 attacked Andrade while he was taking a Sig Sauer pistol. He began to scream in pain as the K9 dug into him with his teeth as the officers closed in on him.

They shouted commands at him and told him to raise his hands because they were not sure whether he had a weapon with him at the time. Andrade said he would shoot himself.

Moments later, police spotted the gun and opened fire. Body camera footage released by Pasadena police was obscured and did not indicate whether Andrade raised a firearm at officers.

He died in the yard. No officers were injured.

Investigators found Andrade’s gun with a spent bullet in the chamber. It is unclear whether he fired a gun during the incident.