Los Angeles sheriffs deputies ambushed by gunman receive calls from President Trump
The search for the suspect enters its 10th day.
September 21, 2020, 5:04 PM
• 6 min read
A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy who was targeted in an ambush-style shooting this month along with her partner was able to take a phone call from President Donald Trump over the weekend, according to photos released by the law enforcement agency.
The 31-year-old deputy, the mother of a 6-year-old boy, was unable to speak to the president because she was shot in the jaw but did write messages to him that were conveyed to Trump by a sheriff’s sergeant who was next to her hospital bed, sheriff’s department officials said.
Photos released by the agency show the wounded deputy writing notes that were relayed to Trump. The contents of the notes were not released.
The images show the deputy sitting up in bed with splints on both of her arms. The photos also show the deputy’s husband, standing in the room at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynnwood, California, when Trump called.
The president also called the deputy’s 24-year-old partner, who was released from the same hospital last week, according to a sheriff’s department statement that accompanied the photos posted on Twitter and Facebook.
Trump phoned the deputies on Saturday “to check on their spirits, wish them a speedy recovery and remind them that the #American people are behind them and that the coward that harmed them will be brought to #justice!!” according to the sheriff’s department’s online post.
A massive search for the gunman went into its 10th day on Monday and a reward for information leading to the capture of the perpetrator has soared to more than $675,000, with donations pouring in from people from across the county, the sheriff’s department said.
While some media outlets have published the female deputy’s name, a sheriff’s spokesperson told ABC News on Monday that the identities of both deputies have not been released by the agency due to security concerns. The sheriff’s department released the photos of the female deputy blurred out to protect her identity.
The two deputies were sitting in their patrol vehicle on Sept. 12 outside the Martin Luther King Jr. Transit Center in Compton when the gunman, dressed in dark clothes, approached them and opened fire without warning through the passenger-side window.
The shooting was captured on surveillance video that was released by the sheriff’s department and shows the gunman firing multiple shots before running away.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva told ABC News last week that despite being shot four or five times, including once in the jaw, the female deputy walked around the patrol vehicle to help her partner, who suffered gunshot wounds to his forehead, arms and a hand.
“She goes around the car, applies a tourniquet to him to stop the bleeding. She gets on the radio and she’s calling for help and she’s having a hard time because she can’t speak very well,” Villanueva said.
In a recording of the female deputy’s desperate radio call for assistance, she is heard saying, “I’ve been shot. Send help.”
The wounded deputies were rushed to St. Francis Medical Center, both initially in critical condition, and immediately underwent surgery, officials said.
Villanueva said both officers have a long road to recovery ahead of them.
A GoFundMe page established by colleagues of the wounded deputies to raise money to pay for their medical expenses had grown to more than $700,000 on Monday.