Miracle story: LA County deputy who was ambushed, shot in the head just released from the hospital

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LOS ANGELES, CA – We are breathing a one big sigh of relief after learning that one of the deputies ambushed and left to die by a gunman in Compton has been released from the hospital. We are still holding our breath and praying for the second deputy.

At the time of this writing, the gunmen is still on the run, but the reward for his capture and conviction is now in the $300,000 range. 

“We have very promising leads that we’re following,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said.

According to the Orange County Register:

“The 31-year-old female deputy, remained in St. Francis’ ICU and both still face additional surgeries after they were both shot in the head by a man while sitting in their patrol vehicle near a Metro A Line station,” Villanueva said earlier during a virtual town hall with Glendale officials and residents.

“Their prognosis is good. They have a long road to recovery ahead of them, but, thankfully, they were spared life-altering injury.”

The fact that the male deputy is doing as well as he is in no doubt thanks to the excellent medical care he received in the ambulance, and at the hospital.

But we cannot say enough about the efforts of his critically wounded partner who rendered aid on the scene after sustaining gunshot wounds of her own (more on that below). 

While people sat down the street taking cell phone video and laughing that the deputies were shot, she climbed out of the patrol unit and started assisting her partner. And that is the type of selfless service that officers, deputies and agents continue to demonstrate day after day. 

Yet, the social justice elite out there have remained relatively quiet for the past few days. 

Take Lebron James for example. The day after Jacob Blake was shot by Kenosha police, here is what James had to say.

Keep in mind, more and more evidence is coming out that point to this shooting being justified. Time will tell. 

Here is what James has said in the days since these deputies were ambushed. 

And of course, the next day, after having time to process what had happened in his own city. 

That is all. Nothing condemning the targeted shooting of two Los Angeles County Deputies. Not a single word.  This from the man who offered the self proclamation: 

So, if he is correct, if he means too much to society to stay silent, why is he silent?

Ironically, Sheriff Villanueva called James out and challenged him to match the money (more below) already offered as a reward.

Not that James and the rest of the sports and entertainment industries would notice or care, but it is highly possible that one of those deputies is still alive because of the other.

Sheriff warns deputies to be on heightened alert for another ambush-style attack

COMPTON, LA– The hunt is still on for the gunman who ambushed two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s officers on September 12th.

Now, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva tells ABC News that he has warned deputies to watch out for more possible attacks. Villanueva said:

“This is going to cause us to be a lot more concerned about when we approach vehicles when we’re out there on the streets,” 

 

He went on to say:

“We have everybody paired up in two-man vehicles now. So, we’re going to have to be watching out for each other’s back out there on the streets.”

Villanueva said that the LA County Sheriff department is using all the resources at their disposal to aid in the search for the gunman. He pressed the immediate need to identify the dangerous suspect and get him off the streets before he’s able to strike again.

The FBI has joined in the search for the gunman, and announced it is lending resources to the manhunt and “stands ready to assist in response” to the attack.

On Sunday, the The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the gunman.

In addition, many have made anonymous donations to aid in the arrest of the suspect. 

Villanueva told ABC News that despite being shot four or five times, including once in the jaw, the female deputy walked around the patrol vehicle to help her 24-year-old partner, who suffered gunshot wounds to his forehead, arms and a hand.

He said:

“He’s bleeding out profusely from the arm so she actually applies a tourniquet to his arm to stop the bleeding and she tries to call for help on the radio, 

“It’s pretty heart-wrenching and she’s trying to mumble and we finally get her … she says where she is at and the fact that there was a shooting, and that got all the help rolling in her direction.”

Villanueva said after exiting their patrol car, the wounded deputies hid behind a column because:

“They didn’t know if the gunman was going to come back or not and they’re obviously both disabled and injured, very gut-wrenching to see the video and the heroic efforts from both of them to get to safety and still manage to take care of each other,” 

It has just been reported that the 24-year-old male deputy that was shot in the forehead, arms and hands has been released from the hospital. 

He’s not the only one issuing a warning.

The president for the National Fraternal Order of Police has issued an alert to police officers nationwide to remain vigilant in the wake of increased and deadly attacks and ambushes against law enforcement this year.

There are many videos in this article that contain graphic language and images, so viewer discretion is advised.

 

In a Sept. 15 press release, National Fraternal Order of Police President Patrick Yoes issued the following alert to all members of law enforcement:

“Brothers and sisters, as our nation becomes increasingly divided during this unprecedented time, law enforcement officers are the keepers of the peace and stand firm on the thin blue line, placing themselves between order and anarchy.

“For this reason, our officers are targets and may be subject to attack at any point—without warning and without reason. Therefore, I am urging all of our nation’s law enforcement officers to be vigilant.

“Exercise caution at all times.

“Be aware of your environment and surroundings.

“Maintain constant situational awareness.

“Be prepared.

“Take every reasonable precaution when engaging with the public.

“Watch your back—and that of your partner.

“Do not take unnecessary chances and call for backup when needed.

“Keep yourself and your communities safe by being vigilant on duty and off. There are individuals who are motivated solely by a desire to hurt or kill a police officer, so do not let your guard down.

“Be safe and may God protect us all.”

In June, we reported on David Ware, 32, who police say shot two officers during a traffic stop in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Both officers were shot, and one died.

Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum recently released the following statement:

“The body camera footage from the murder of Sergeant Craig Johnson and the attempted murder of Officer Aurash Zarkeshan is being released this morning. As the CEO of the City government, I felt a responsibility to watch it. I just did, and can’t say this strongly enough: if you do not have to watch this video for your job, don’t watch it.

“I have to watch a lot of body camera footage as part of my job. I can only think of two times in my life – upon the death of family members – when I wept like I did watching the conclusion of this video. It is terrible.

“I understand the legal reasons for its release. I respect the citizens’ right to see the actions of their officers.

“But if you revere these brave men as I do, then don’t watch this video. Don’t share it. Just say a prayer for them, their families, and all who risk their lives to keep us safe.”

 

 

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In the Compton section of Los Angeles, two Los Angeles County Sheriff deputies were shot multiple times on Sept. 12 by a gunman who ambushed the officers sitting in their vehicle.

Authorities announced a $100,000 reward on Sunday in connection with the manhunt of the lone gunman responsible for shooting both deputies as they sat in their patrol vehicle at a Metro rail station in Compton.

 

Without provocation, surveillance video shows the suspect approach the patrol car and open fire. The suspect fled on foot. He was only described as a dark-skinned male, between the age of 28-30, wearing dark clothing.

After the shooting, the female deputy can be seen on surveillance video struggling to place a tourniquet on her partner even as she herself is bleeding from gunshot wounds. Sheriff Alex Villanueva explained:

“She helped the other wounded deputy, got on the radio, provided medical care, got him to a place of safety ’cause they didn’t know if there was another attack coming their way.”

Witnesses to the ambush laughed instead of helping the officers.

Then once the officers were rushed to a hospital for treatment of their serious injuries, protesters blocked the emergency room entrance and chanted, “We hope they die!”

Both deputies incurred multiple gunshot wounds and are reported as recovering from surgery in stable condition at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood.

A GoFundMe account has been established by a department deputy working with the union to raise funds for the wounded deputies and has raised $555,978 as of this writing.

 

In Lancaster, Pennsylvania, a man with a criminal history of stabbing people attempted to stab a police officer with a large knife on Sept. 13.

Police were called for a report of an in-progress domestic disturbance when Ricardo Munoz lunged at the responding officer while brandishing a knife over his head.

Bodycam footage shows Munoz charging out the door of a home, knife in hand, and chasing the police officer who is forced to draw his firearm and shoot the suspect.

Police initially stated that Munoz was armed with a knife at the time of the shooting and promised to release bodycam footage, which they did at 11 p.m., but it wasn’t fast enough for Black Lives Matter protest organizers who claimed that Munoz was a victim of police brutality.

In 2019, Munoz reportedly stabbed four people after a fight, according to CBS 21. The four stabbing victims were found inside and around the home.

A 16-year-old male was found in the back of the property, with multiple stab wounds to his face, right thigh, left ankle and right side of his torso.

A 22-year-old woman suffered a slash wound to one of her hands, a 26-year-old man suffered a slash injury to his head and another 26-year-old man was stabbed in his arm.

Despite Munoz’s extensive criminal history, BLM protesters took to the streets of Lancaster on Sunday night to protest the shooting, and rioters damaged police vehicles and set fires.

 

In St. Louis, Missouri, nine officers have been shot in the line of duty since June 1. In August we reported that two officers were ambushed and shot.

One of those officers, Tamarris L. Bohannon, 29, died, leaving behind his wife and three children.

His partner was shot in the leg and was released from the hospital.

Police reported that the suspect was taken into custody around 5 a.m. on Aug. 30 after being barricaded in a residence for almost 12 hours.

 

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