A Los Angeles deputy struck by gunfire during an ambush outside a California transportation center has been released from the hospital, according to authorities.
Los Angeles Sheriff Alex Villanueva took to Twitter Wednesday evening to reveal the 24-year-old officer has made enough progress to return home. He was seated inside a patrol vehicle Saturday with his partner outside the MLK Transit Center in Compton when a gunman approached and opened fire, striking both of them in the face and head.
“We at @LASDHQ appreciate the outpouring of prayers and support you have shown for our ambushed deputies,” Villanueva tweeted Wednesday night.
“Great news, one of those deputies was released from the hospital today,” the sheriff’s tweet continued. “He has a long road ahead for recovery. But he’s not alone. We, as a community, are in this together.”
Earlier in the day, Villanueva said in a community meeting that one of the deputies was improving and had been moved from the intensive care unit.
“Their prognosis is good, however they have a long road to recovery ahead of them," the sheriff said.
“They are going to face additional surgeries to repair all the damage inflicted, but thankfully they escaped, you know, a life altering injury.”
A second deputy, identified only as a 31-year-old mother, remained in the hospital on Thursday. She is being hailed as a hero after it was revealed that she managed to apply a tourniquet to her partner’s wound and calmly call for help — all while suffering a gunshot wound to the face, CNN reported.
Her condition was unclear, but she is expected to recover.
Authorities also continued to hunt for the gunman, whose motive remains unclear.
A reward for information in the case has climbed past $100,000 and a GoFundMe campaign created by one of the deputies' colleagues has netted $574,244 out of its $750,000 goal as of Wednesday evening.
“We are asking for our brothers and sisters in our communities as well as our brothers and sisters in law enforcement to come together and help us raise money to ensure their needs and the needs of their families are taken care of," the GoFundMe reads.