The hero Los Angeles County deputy who survived an ambush attack and saved the life of her partner is reportedly a 31-year-old former librarian who just graduated the academy last year.
Claudia Apolinar, who was struck in the jaw during Saturday’s shooting, was in stable condition at a Los Angeles County hospital, according to The Daily Mail.
She could be seen in video of a graduation ceremony posted online from 2019. The outlet spoke with the deputy’s father, Adolfo, who was with her at the hospital.
The deputy and her partner were both shot at close range while sitting inside their patrol car in a chilling caught-on-video ambush. Apolinar made a tourniquet for her 24-year-old partner before medics arrived.
LA Sheriff Alex Villanueva said both deputies are out of surgery and are expected to survive in what he called “a double miracle.”
The sheriff’s department is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the unknown