Wounded deputy in Compton gun Attack: Claudia Apolinar Biography, Wiki, Age
Claudia Apolinar shot while on duty in Compton on Saturday as 31-year-old Claudia Apolinar. Authorities have not yet publicly identified the deputies who were shot when a suspect ran up to their parked patrol car and fired into the passenger window before fleeing.
A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy who was shot in a sudden attack this weekend provided potentially lifesaving aid to a fellow deputy while she was bleeding from a gunshot wound to her face.
Claudia and her 24-year-old male colleague were sitting in their patrol vehicle when a man ambushed them and shot them at point blank range on Saturday night.
Despite taking multiple bullets – one to the face and several to her upper torso – Claudia, 31, managed to get her partner to safety, apply a tourniquet and radio for help.
A photo of the aftermath of the attack shows the mother of a six-year-old child covered in blood, giving medical help to her injured partner.
The LA Sheriff’s Department is offering $100,000 for information leading to the arrest of the shooter, who is still at large.
Lead investigating officer Lt Brandon Dean told DailyMail.com that both Claudia and her 24-year-old partner are in stable condition in hospital.
‘By the grace of God they’re both going to pull through. They’re obviously pretty injured and it’s going to be life-altering but they’re in stable condition,’ he said.
The lieutenant praised the two deputies’ ‘will to survive, their will to protect each other, their will to protect the public.’
Apolinar’s father reportedly confirmed the deputy’s identity to the Daily Mail, and told the news outlet that she is being guarded by members of the LASD as she recovers from surgery in a hospital. He also said that Apolinar previously worked as a librarian before applying to join the LASD in 2017. A photo obtained by Fox News indicates that Apolinar graduated from training in 2019.
According to the report, Apolinar was shot in the face and the torso, and tended to the second sheriff’s deputy who had also been shot. That deputy has not been identified.
“It’s an extreme situation. She was shot in the face, shot in the upper torso several times,” LASD Lt. Brandon Dean told the Daily Mail.
“To have the wherewithal to get yourself out of the vehicle and the line of fire in case it continues, but then to take care of your partner, initiate radio traffic make sure the civilians in the area are safe, it shows a lot about her courage and intestinal fortitude.”
The suspect in the shooting is still at large. The LASD is offering a $100,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspect, and that reward is expected to increase on Tuesday, Fox News reports.
They didn’t give up, they didn’t cower down,’ he said. ‘They got out and took care of each other, took cover, made sure it wasn’t an active shooter situation. You’ve got to praise them for their courage and ability to fight for their lives and everybody else’s lives.
‘It’s an extreme situation. She was shot in the face, shot in the upper torso several times. To have the wherewithal to get yourself out of the vehicle and the line of fire in case it continues, but then to take care of your partner, initiate radio traffic make sure the civilians in the area are safe, it shows a lot about her courage and intestinal fortitude.’
Local government pay records show Claudia was a rookie officer. She worked as an aide in LA county libraries from 2011, and signed up to the Sheriff’s Department in 2017.
Harrowing dispatch call reveals a shaky voice called in the shooting, muttering: ‘998 Compton Pax.’ Recognizing the code for a deputy-involved shooting, a dispatcher asks: ‘Just happened?’ The voice replies, almost unintelligibly, ‘Compton Pax, deputies down. Compton Pax 998.’
The suspect is described as a black male between 28 and 30 years old. He was wearing dark clothing at the time of the shooting and was last seen in a black four-door sedan.
Earlier video released by cops showed the suspect approaching an LACSD vehicle parked outside the Metro Blue Line station and opening fire before he fled on foot.
Moments after the gunman runs away, the passenger door of the patrol car opens and a deputy stumbles out, pressing a hand to their head.
The driver’s side door opens soon after.
Authorities said that the deputies, who both graduated from the police academy 14 months ago, each sustained multiple gunshot wounds.
‘That was a cowardly act,’ Sheriff Villanueva said at a press conference. ‘The two deputies were doing their job, minding their own business, watching out for the safety of the people on the train.
‘Seeing somebody just walk up and start shooting on them. It p***es me off. It dismays me at the same time. There’s no pretty way to say it.’
In response to the shootings, Lynwood city manager Jose Ometeotl, posted an image with the words ‘chickens come home to roost’ accompanied by a photo of Malcolm X.
In 1963, Malcolm X used the phrase to describe John F Kennedy’s assassination in response to what he said was the president’s lack of action against violence.
Ometeotl then used the phrase to describe the Compton cops, saying that the neighborhood had been ‘plagued by deputy gangs that inflict fear and violence in the community’.
‘These deputies murdered, framed and stole from the community just because they could,’ he said.
‘Good deputies never turned on bad deputies for fear of retaliation and when caught most of these bad deputies kept their jobs and continued on their criminal career.’
After he posted the comment on Instagram, Ometeotl appeared to apologize, saying: ‘The shooting of anyone is a wholly unacceptable occurrence in society. I do not condone the type of violence seen in the shooting of the deputies yesterday in Compton.’