1 of 2 LA deputies shot in ambush released from hospital

Posted at 1:55 PM, September 17, 2020 and last updated 6:12 PM, June 8, 2023

LOS ANGELES (AP) — One of the two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies shot in an ambush attack last weekend has been released from the hospital, the sheriff said Wednesday.

The 31-year-old female deputy and 24-year-old male deputy underwent surgery after the shooting Saturday evening in Compton. The female deputy remains hospitalized. Both are expected to fully recover.

A screen grab from a security camera video released the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department shows a gunman walking up to sheriff’s deputies and opening fire without warning or provocation in Compton, Calif., on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. Officials say two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were shot in their patrol car at a Metro rail station in what appeared to be an ambush. The sheriff’s department said the male and female deputies were shot in the head and had multiple gunshot wounds and were undergoing surgery. Deputies were searching for a suspect. (Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department via AP)

“We at @LASDHQ appreciate the outpouring of prayers and support you have shown for our ambushed deputies,” Sheriff Alex Villanueva tweeted Wednesday evening. “Great news, one of those deputies was released from the hospital today. He has a long road ahead for recovery. But he’s not alone. We, as a community, are in this together.”

The deputies were seated in their parked squad car when someone walked up and opened fire through the driver’s window.

The sheriff said Tuesday that investigators are pursuing “promising leads” in the search for the gunman, who was recorded on surveillance video.

Officials have asked for the public’s help in identifying a suspect. A reward for information leading to an arrest has grown to $300,000.

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