Minimal information being given regarding yesterday’s campus shooting


EC Police Chief Michael Trevis speaks at yesterday’s press conference about the on-campus officer-involved shooting. Since then, little information has been released about the suspect or incident. Photo credit: John Fordiani

This morning, EC Police Chief Michael Trevis referred all questions regarding yesterday’s on-campus officer-involved shooting to the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department. Today, Deputy Medrano from the Sheriff’s Department refused to answer all questions and referred “The Union” back to ECPD.

Medrano said the latest update the department had, as of 9 a.m. today, went out at 6:17 p.m. last night and they couldn’t provide any more information.

“Unless Homicide gives us more information to put out, this is all we have,” Medrano said.

Medrano added she had no information on if the 18-year-old man who was a student last semester was charged yet, what kind of charges he’ll be facing, which part of his body was hit, how many rounds were fired, if the involved officers are on administrative leave or how long they’ve been working for ECPD. She referred the last two questions back to Trevis and Community Relations Director Ann Garten.

Garten didn’t answer the questions and said in an email that the Sheriff’s Department has asked all media inquiries go to them.

In the same email, Garten said all reporters yesterday “were treated with the same professionalism and provided the same info as the rest of the media.” However, after the shooting, “The Union” reporters were denied access several times to interviews that were given to professional news organizations.

According to a Campus Alert sent to faculty and staff members and students this afternoon, two campus forums will take place on Tuesday at noon and 5 p.m. in the Alondra Room.