Former L.A Sheriffs Deputy Charged In The 2019 Shooting Death of Ryan Twyman

Willowbrook, CA—Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon announced that Andrew Lyons has been charged with one felony count of voluntary manslaughter and two felony counts of assault with a semiautomatic firearm, in the 2019 shooting death of Ryan Twyman by police.

In Jun. 2019 Sheriff’s drove into an apartment complex located on El Segundo and 132nd, in an unincorporated area known as Willowbrook, a few miles from Compton. Details now show these deputies received a cell phone call from a detective, who gave them Twyman’s name and license plate number.

Surveillance video from a camera in the apartment complex show police approach Twyman’s vehicle and open the rear passenger door. A few moments later, you see the car reverse and the deputies begin shooting.

According to a press release posted to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s website:

“Protecting public safety is the highest responsibility for the entire law enforcement community. That extends first and foremost to those sworn to protect it,” District Attorney Gascón said. “Policing is a difficult and trying job, but it does not excuse anyone from accountability under the law—especially when a human life is lost.”

Andrew Lyons (dob 5/10/84) was charged in case BA503497 with one felony count of voluntary manslaughter and two felony counts of assault with a semiautomatic firearm. Arraignment is expected tomorrow in Department 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center.

On June 6, 2019, Lyons and another sheriff’s deputy responded to an apartment complex in Willowbrook. Both deputies exited their vehicle and approached a parked vehicle where 24-year-old Ryan Twyman was. Twyman put the car in reverse and both deputies opened fire. The car came to a stop nearby.

Lyons is accused of retrieving his semiautomatic assault rifle and shooting into the vehicle after it stopped moving. Twyman was killed and his passenger was not injured. The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.”

In Nov. 2021, The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to award $3.9 million in damages to Twyman’s family, who sued for civil rights violations.

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