A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy who was shot in the face while sitting in her car on Saturday is being called a hero after tending to her partner’s wounds immediately following the attack.
Claudia Apolinar, a former librarian and recent graduate of the L.A. Police Academy, was identified as the female deputy who sustained bullet wounds to the jaw and arms, Daily Mail reported in an exclusive. Her partner, a 24-year-old male, was shot in the forehead, arm, and hand.
According to video footage of the incident, the gunman approached the deputies’ parked cruiser and fired into the vehicle, striking both the female officer and her partner in the face.
Talk about having the will to survive!
This female deputy is a mother, a daughter, a friend, and above all else she is a WARRIOR! She was shot multiple times during an ambush and injured. She was able to get herself and her partner to cover. pic.twitter.com/X5L9tnBUZh
— LAPD Mission Station (@LAPDMission) September 14, 2020
The attack occurred outside of the MLK, Jr. Transit Center in Compton. The assailant fired into the vehicle before running away from the scene.
Immediately following the attack, the video showed the 31-year-old mother of one stumble out of the vehicle with her partner. She immediately called for help before applying a tourniquet to her partner’s wounds and moving her partner to safety.
“She called for help, was able to rendered [sic] aid to her partner. She remained calm & stayed vigilant! Most of all SHE NEVER GAVE UP! She & her partner are heroes,” the LAPD Mission Station tweeted.
Footage of the incident was posted on the LAPD Mission Station’s official Twitter account.
According to the Daily Mail, Apolinar was a rookie sheriff’s deputy who signed up to work in the Sheriff’s Department in 2017 after six years of working as an aide in the L.A. County library system.
Following the attack, both officers were taken to St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood where they currently in critical condition and expected to survive the ambush.
Last weekend, Black Lives Matter protesters gathered outside of the hospital where the officers are being treated and started shouting insults and wishing death on the critically wounded deputies inside.
According to video evidence, Black Lives Matter protesters shouted insults at the officers that included “pigs,” “executioners,” and “I hope they [expletive] die!”
There are no suspects for the attack, but an arrest could come “as early as this week,” Breitbart reported. There is a $100,000 reward for any information that could lead to an arrest and conviction from the Sheriff’s Department. Officials are searching for a black male around 30 years old.