Ex-California school-safety officer charged with murder posts bond, released from jail

Mona Rodriguez. (Photo courtesy of Gofundme.com)

A former Long Beach Unified School District school safety officer charged with second-degree murder in the death of an 18-year-old woman near Millikan High School was released from jail last week after posting bond, inmate records show.

Eddie F. Gonzalez, 52, of Orange was released Thursday, July 28, the records show. He was being held on $2 million bail after a judge in January ordered him to stand trial in the shooting death of Manuela “Mona” Rodriguez.

Gonzalez had broken up a fight between Rodriguez and a 15-year-old girl, which had spilled out into traffic lanes along Palo Verde Road near Spring Street, just north of the Millikan campus, about 3 p.m. on Sept. 27.

Rodriguez, her boyfriend Rafeul Chowdhury and his brother had gotten into Chowdhury’s car in a parking lot. As Gonzalez approached to the right, video by a bystander shows, Chowdhury pulled away.

Gonzalez was accused of firing two shots, one of which went through the rear right window, through a headrest and fatally struck Rodriguez in the back of the head in the front-passenger seat, according to evidence presented at the January preliminary hearing.

Mona Rodriguez. (Photo courtesy of Gofundme.com)

Oscar Rodriguez (center) is joined by attorneys Luis Carillo (left) and Michael Carillo (right) Wednesdsay, Oct. 27, while addressing the media and responding to the announcement of murder chargese filed against a former Long Beach Unified School District Safety Officer who shot and killed his sister, Mona Rodriguez, near Millikan High School in September. (Eric Licas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Eddie F. Gonzalez, an ex-school safety officer, from when he appeared in a Long Beach courtroom on Oct. 29, 2021. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool)

A sign bearing a photo of Mona Rodriguez is posted in front of the Hall of Justice in Downtown Los Angeles, where District Attorney George Gascon announced Wednesday, Oct, 27, the filing of murder charges against Eddie F. Gonzalez, the Long Beach Unified School District School Safety Officer who shot her near Millikan High School in September. (Eric Licas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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Criminal defense attorney Michael Schwartz appears in court for his client Eddie F. Gonzalez, 51, now ex-school safety officer in a Long Beach courtroom charged in the death of 18-year-old Manuela “Mona” Rodriguez in Long Beach, Calif. on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. Gonzalez made brief appearance with his attorney Schwartz as his arraignment was postponed without making a plea. Gonzalez allegedly fired his weapon into a fleeing vehicle in late September after a fight between Rodriguez and an unidentified 15-year-old girl one block from Millikan High School hitting Rodriguez in the head. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool)

Family members, at a press conference on Oct. 1, announce Mona Rodriguez will be taken off of life support and her organs donated to help others. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram/SCNG)

Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon (left) is joined by Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna as officials announce the …read more

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