By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews)
Source: Monterey Park Police Department (Information)
Pictures: Monterey Park Police Department and KABC 7 (Courtesy)
Downey, California: An adult and teenager have been arrested for the fatally shooting of off-duty Monterey Park Police Department Officer Gardiel Solorio.
Officer Gardiel Solorio was fatally shot in the parking lot of a gym at the shopping center located at 12070 Lakewood Boulevard at about 3:25 p.m. P.T. on Monday, August 8th, 2022.
According to the Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón, the gunman identified as 20 year old Carlos Daniel Delcid is expected to be arraigned on Thursday, August 11th, 2022 in Downey, California on charges of murder, attempted robbery and possession of a firearm by a felon.
A 17 year old suspect, who allegedly acted as the getaway driver, has also been arrested.
Officer Gardiel Solorio was shot well off-duty during what appears to have been an attempted robbery.
According to the Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón, when approached by a man with a gun in the parking lot, Solorio tried to back away in his car and that’s when he was shot five times.
Responding officers found Gardiel Solorio suffering from gunshot wounds, and paramedics responded and later declared him dead at the scene.
“This extraordinary case, given the circumstances, we’ll be seeking life without the possibility of parole,” said Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón.
Gardiel Solorio grew up in Bell Gardens, California; attended California State University, Los Angeles where he received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.
Gardiel Solorio had been on the force for only about a month, after graduating from the police academy in July 2022.
Gardiel Solorio’ is survived by his parents, brothers, sisters and fiancée.
“His family and friends described him as tough as nails but a kid at heart,” said Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón.
ZachNews and the people of the Colorado River Tri-State communities send our thoughts, prayers and condolences to the family and friends of the Officer Gardiel Solorio with the Monterey Park Police Department.