Darius Smith, a 15-year-old black teenager, died Saturday, May 27, after he was shot by an off-duty U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer on North 1st Avenue just south of East Colorado Boulevard in Arcadia, according to Los Angeles County authorities.
Smith, who lived in Pasadena, was riding on the Gold Line Metro Rail with two other boys, 14 and 15, about 8 p.m. on Friday, May 26, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. John Corina.
Family members told investigators the boys were going to the Monrovia Street Fair that evening, Corina said. But Smith and his companions got off at the Arcadia station, behind another exiting passenger — a federal Customs and Border Protection officer who was dressed in plain clothes and carrying a backpack and another bag, said Corina.
The officer told investigators that the boys hit him on the side of the head ...