Claudia Apolinar LA deputy shot in weekend Compton, Los Angeles ambush along with her partner revealed to be rookie cop & former librarian as retaliation of black men shootings explored as police shooting motive.
One of two Los Angeles police officers gunned down in an ambush on Saturday has been identified as a 31-year-old former librarian and mother who graduated from the Los Angeles Police Academy last year.
In an exclusive, the dailymal spoke to Claudia Apolinar‘s 65 year old father Adolfo who confirmed the rookie cop was in a stable condition as he held bedside vigil for her in hospital.
‘I’m here with her right now,’ the father said in Spanish according to the tabloid.
Claudia Apolinar and her 24-year-old male colleague were sitting in their patrol vehicle when a man ambushed them and shot them at point blank range on Saturday night.
Despite taking multiple bullets – one to the face and several to her upper torso – Claudia, 31, managed to get her partner to safety, apply a tourniquet and radio for help.
— ned kelly (@strikeforcekid) September 15, 2020
A photo of the aftermath of the attack shows the mother of a six-year-old child covered in blood, giving medical help to her injured partner.
The LA Sheriff’s Department is offering $200,000 for information leading to the arrest of the shooter, who is still at large. An initial reward of $100K was doubled after three private donors contributed an additional $100K between them.
A GoFundMe page, set up by Keegan McInnis, Monday to help cover the costs off the officers’ medical bills, has already reached a staggering $338,000 as of Tuesday noon. Both Claudia and her 24-year-old partner remain in stable condition in hospital.
‘By the grace of God they’re both going to pull through. They’re obviously pretty injured and it’s going to be life-altering but they’re in stable condition,’ lead investigator, Lt Brandon Dean told the dailymail.
The lieutenant praised the two deputies’ ‘will to survive, their will to protect each other, their will to protect the public.’
‘They didn’t give up, they didn’t cower down,’ he said. ‘They got out and took care of each other, took cover, made sure it wasn’t an active shooter situation. You’ve got to praise them for their courage and ability to fight for their lives and everybody else’s lives.
‘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.’
Another terrible ambush shooting of two LA deputy sheriffs in their car. One of the officers is a young mother. Both officers had surgery. Shooter is still at large and needs to be brought to justice.
FBI reports 37 law enforcement officers feloniously killed so far in 2020.
— Summer Stephan (@SummerStephan) September 14, 2020
Was ambush retaliation for recent police shootings of black suspects?
Local government pay records show Claudia was a rookie officer. She worked as an aide in LA county libraries from 2011, and signed up to the Sheriff’s Department in 2017.
The ambush may have been a revenge attack against officers for recent police shootings against black men in LA according to Fox News.
Fox News reporter William la Jeunesse said Monday: ‘Los Angeles police will not say this publicly – but some believe this ambush was retaliation for some recent police shootings of black suspects in LA.’
On August 31 black man Dijon Kizzee was shot and killed by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies after he was stopped for a traffic violation while riding a bike.
At the beginning of this month the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors also voted to ask the coroner to conduct an inquest into the fatal deputy shooting of 18-year-old Andres Guardado on June 18.
Investigators are still working to determine the motive for the shooting, which they said occurred ‘without warning or provocation’.
NEW: Video of witness reaction to the LASD deputies being ambushed & shot in Compton with these men seemingly celebrating what they’ve just seen. One yells “No justice, no peace!” as one of the deputies struggles to stand up. @FOXLA https://t.co/ZYL0hx7HxF
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) September 13, 2020
Suspect sought described as black male between 28 and 30 years old
A released dispatch call revealed the following: ‘998 Compton Pax.’ Recognizing the code for a deputy-involved shooting, a dispatcher asks: ‘Just happened?’ The voice replies, almost unintelligibly, ‘Compton Pax, deputies down. Compton Pax 998.’
The suspect is described as a black male between 28 and 30 years old. He was wearing dark clothing at the time of the shooting and was last seen in a black four-door sedan.
Earlier video released by cops showed the suspect approaching an LACSD vehicle parked outside the Metro Blue Line station and opening fire before he fled on foot.
Moments after the gunman runs away, the passenger door of the patrol car opens and a deputy stumbles out, pressing a hand to their head.
The driver’s side door opens soon after.
Authorities said that the deputies, who both graduated from the police academy 14 months ago, each sustained multiple gunshot wounds. Both Claudia Apolinar & her un-named partner are expected to survive.
‘That was a cowardly act,’ Sheriff Villanueva said at a press conference. ‘The two deputies were doing their job, minding their own business, watching out for the safety of the people on the train.
‘Seeing somebody just walk up and start shooting on them. It p***es me off. It dismays me at the same time. There’s no pretty way to say it.’
In response to the shootings, Lynwood city manager Jose Ometeotl, posted an image with the words ‘chickens come home to roost’ accompanied by a photo of Malcolm X.
NEW: The city of Lynwood has responded to their city manager’s public Instagram post that said “Chickens come home to roost” after the ambush of two LASD deputies. The city council says Jose Ometeotl’s comments were his personal opinion & do not reflect the city’s position @FOXLA pic.twitter.com/g3jxYuCvRl
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) September 14, 2020
‘Chickens come to roost’
In 1963, Malcolm X used the phrase to describe John F Kennedy’s assassination in response to what he said was the president’s lack of action against violence.
Ometeotl then used the phrase to describe the Compton cops, saying that the neighborhood had been ‘plagued by deputy gangs that inflict fear and violence in the community’.
‘These deputies murdered, framed and stole from the community just because they could,’ he said.
‘Good deputies never turned on bad deputies for fear of retaliation and when caught most of these bad deputies kept their jobs and continued on their criminal career.’
After he posted the comment on Instagram, Ometeotl appeared to apologize, saying: ‘The shooting of anyone is a wholly unacceptable occurrence in society. I do not condone the type of violence seen in the shooting of the deputies yesterday in Compton.’
Over the weekend, LAPD Chief Michael Moore tweeted: ‘Tonight we pray for these two guardians to survive. I recognize and acknowledge we live in troubled times. But we must as a community work thru our differences while loudly and resoundly condemn violence. Blessed are the Peacemakers.’
Come Sunday evening a video emerged showing a bystander mocking the attack on the Claudia Apolinar & her partner as a large convoy of patrol cars raced to the scene.
‘Compton. N***** just aired the police out,’ the unidentified narrator says with a smile. ‘That’s crazy. Damn. It goes down in Compton.’
‘It’s going up. Somebody bust on their a**. Somebody bust on the police. Two sheriffs shot in the face. Two sheriffs shot in the face – they tripping.
‘Y’all gonna die one by one. This ain’t gonna stop.’
‘Somebody just ran up on the corner and bust on their a**, right through the window’. He then concludes, grinning: ‘It’s a wrap.’
Footage said to have been taken outside St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood on Saturday night shows as one protester yells: ‘I want to deliver a message to the family of the pigs, I hope they f***ing die.’ The protesters had been connected to the Black Lives Matter movement on Twitter but that has not been officially confirmed.
Another demonstrator tells police: ‘Y’all gonna die one by one. This ain’t gonna stop.’
On Sunday the LA county sheriffs office tweeted: ‘To the protesters blocking the entrance & exit of the HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOM yelling ‘We hope they die’ referring to 2 LA Sheriff’s ambushed today in #Compton: DO NOT BLOCK EMERGENCY ENTRIES & EXITS TO THE HOSPITAL.
‘People’s lives are at stake when ambulances can’t get through.’
Donald Trump on Sunday said the man who opened fire should face a ‘fast trial death penalty’ if Claudia Apolinar & her partner die.