Officials: LA deputy shot in face saved partner while she called for help

Despite her own wounds, the deputy applied a tourniquet to her partner and radioed for help after they were shot in an ambush

By Jessica Schladebeck
New York Daily News

LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles deputy shot in the face during a sneak attack outside a California transit hub over the weekend still managed to treat her wounded partner and calmly call for help amid the violent chaos.

The ambush unfolded shortly before 7 p.m. Saturday at the MLK Transit Center in Compton, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. A clip taken from a nearby surveillance camera shows a gunman walk up to the parked police cruiser and then open fire on the vehicle before fleeing the scene.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said on Monday that by an “absolute miracle” it looks like both officers will survive the bloody incident.

“There’s no other way to put it, they’re amazing,” Garcetti told CNN’s Anderson Cooper during an interview on Monday.

“These are two brave individuals who put their lives on the line."

He specifically cited the bravery of one deputy, identified as a 31-year-old mother, who managed to keep her calm while suffering a gun shot to the face. Despite her bleeding wound, she was able to apply a tourniquet to her 24-year-old partner and then radio in for help.

Officer William Jones, who is in the LAPD Community Relations Division, shared the audio on Twitter on Monday.

“Valor, Courage, Composure... The WILL to WIN,” Jones wrote.

“This female deputy was able to put out the ‘Help Call’ calmly & not panicked after a sick coward shot her & her partner in the face & head. I continue to pray for their recovery & the capture of the suspect.”

Detectives have not yet identified the gunman behind the shooting and have called on the public to come forward with information. A reward for information of the case has reached $175,000.

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