Claudia Apolinar is one of Los Angeles sheriff’s deputies gunned down Saturday night by a brazen gunman who left the officers in critical condition in the Compton area of Los Angeles, California.
Apolinar’s 65-year-old father Adolfo confirmed she was in a stable condition as he held a bedside vigil for her in hospital, Daily Mail reported.
She is identified as a 31-year-old mother who graduated from the Los Angeles Police Academy only last year. She also worked as an aide in a Los Angeles Country library starting in 2011.
Apolinar, who is survived by a 6-year-old boy and her husband, applied to join the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department in 2017, according to a report.
What actually happened with Claudia Apolinar and her partner?
Apolinar and her 24-year-old partner were ambushed Saturday night while sitting in their car at a metro center in Compton. They were taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition, police said.
An extended version of the video reviewed by the Los Angeles Times shows the shooter running away in the direction from which he came. He turns a corner out of the frame, past a second figure lingering on the sidewalk.
Shortly after, the passenger door opens and a deputy stumbles out, hand on head. The driver-side door opens soon after, according to the Times.
Apolinar was allegedly struck several times in her face and torso but tended to her partner, who was also wounded. However, she managed to apply a tourniquet and radio for help.
A photo of the attack shows Apolinar covered in blood, giving medical help to her injured partner.
Claudia Apolinar Health Reports
Both deputies underwent surgery after the shooting Saturday evening and were expected to recover, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Sunday.
“I’m here with her right now”, Apolinar’s father said in Spanish, adding that an LA Sheriff’s Department deputy was standing guard outside the hospital room.
“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”, LASD Lt. Brandon Dean told Daily Mail.
In dispatch audio from the moments following the shooting, a weak-sounding voice can be heard saying: “998 Compton Pax,” which is the code to signify a deputy-involved shooting, according to the Mail. When the dispatcher asks if it just happened, the barely-there voice reportedly responds: “Compton Pax, deputies down. Compton Pax 998.”