The 24-year-old deputy was released on Wednesday and his 31-year-old partner, who helped save his life, remains hospitalized, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said.
Earlier Wednesday, Villanueva said at a community meeting that one of the deputies was improving and had been transferred from the intensive care unit.
“Their prognosis is good, but they have a long way to go ahead. They will go through additional surgeries to repair all the damage caused, but fortunately they escaped a life-changing injury,”; Villanueva said. , he added. that doctors and surgeons have been offering their services to help.
Deputies were sitting in their vehicle in Compton, California, last week when a gunman went into his car and shot them several times, the sheriff’s department said.
One of the deputies called for help and applied a tourniquet to his partner while bleeding from a gunshot wound to the face, Los Angeles Sheriff and Deputy Sheriff Tim Murakami said earlier this week.
Surveillance camera footage shows the incident, but detectives have yet to identify any suspects. Detectives “are confident they are on the right track, they are moving forward,” Villanueva said Wednesday.
Authorities are offering a reward of up to $ 300,000 made up of contributions from public funds and various private donors, the sheriff said.
How the attack unfolded
The shooting occurred shortly before 7 a.m. Saturday at the MLK Transit Center in Compton, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.
The gunman walked to the passenger side of the deputies’ vehicle, raised a gun and shot them, Captain Kent Wegener said.
The sheriff’s department has tweeted a surveillance video of the shooter opening fire and fleeing.
“This is just a reminder smile that this is a dangerous job and that actions and words have consequences. Our work is not made easier because people do not like law enforcement,” he said. Weather in Villanueva. “It bothers me. At the same time, it dismays me.”
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has said it was an “absolute miracle” for MPs to survive.
“There is no place in our society for the violence we saw,” Garcetti said. He described the county deputies as guardians of one of the city’s public transport lines.
The two deputies were sworn in 14 months ago, the sheriff said.