Yet another young, innocent life has been indiscriminately taken by those whose alleged mandate is to serve and protect.

On Thursday, 18-year-old Andres Guardado worked as a security officer outside a body shop in Gardena, L.A. County when, according to a completely trustworthy and not at all suspect police spokesperson, the man flashed a gun for no apparent reason.

The young man, they say, was Guardado, who they began to pursue. They fired instead, killing him at the scene.

According to Andrew Heney, the owner of the shop, Guardado ran because he was (rightfully) afraid when the police showed up. “We had a security guard that was out front, because we had just had certain issues with people tagging and stuff like that,” Heney said. “And then the police came up, and they pulled their guns on him and he ran because he was scared, and they shot and killed him. He’s got a clean background and everything. There’s no reason,” he told CBS Los Angeles.

Despite claims by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department that Guardado pulled his gun (which he was carrying as part of his job), witnesses claim no gun was pulled by the young man whose life has been taken away.