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LA Deputy–Shot Through the Jaw–Managed to Radio for Help, Apply Tourniquet on Her Partner: Report


Warning: this story contains a graphic image.

One of the two deputies shot on Saturday in Los Angeles County, California managed to radio for help, and apply a tourniquet on her partner, according to a report from FOX 11 reporter Bill Melugin.

He said he had permission from the deputies’ families to post a graphic but heroic photo from after the shooting.

As seen on video, a gunman approached a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department vehicle, opened fire, and fled.

Warning: Video is disturbing.

Sheriff Alex Villanueva told reporters at a press conference that it happened Saturday around 7 p.m. by the Compton terminal of the MTA Blue Line. He described the female deputy as the 31-year-old mother of a six-year-old boy, and the male deputy as a 24-year-old man. At least one of the victims was shot in the face, and the other was struck in the head, said law enforcement sources cited by The Los Angeles Times. It turns out that the female deputy is the one who had been shot in the jaw.

The search for the shooter is ongoing as of Monday morning. There is a $100,000 reward for information leading to his arrest. LASD Captain Kent Wegener said at the press conference that they had a “very, very generic suspect description of a dark-skinned male.” This information was from one of the deputies, he said.

In a tweet overnight, deputies said a social media post identified a man as the suspect, but they announced this claim was false.

“This is ERRONEOUS information and there are no named or wanted suspects at this time,” authorities said.

[Screengrab via Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department]

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