Los Angeles County Deputy Shooting: Latest Updates and Press Conference Details

2024-04-23 13:14:40

UPDATE: The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LACSD) is holding a press conference at 1 p.m. Tuesday to discuss new developments in Monday’s shooting of Deputy Samuel Aispuro.

Sheriff Robert Luna, Homicide Captain Andrew Meyer, West Covina Chief Richard Bell, California Highway Patrol representatives and Los Angeles County officials are participating in the press conference.

LOS ANGELES (NBC, KYMA/KECY) – Authorities are searching for a suspect in connection with the shooting of a Los Angeles County deputy Monday.

An LA County sheriff’s deputy was shot while waiting at a red light on a motorcycle in the West Covina area. The deputy was identified as 43-year-old Samuel Aispuro.

According to authorities, the bullet did not go through Aispuro because he was wearing a bulletproof vest. He was taken to a hospital where he is in stable condition.

A search related to the investigation led sheriff’s deputies to a neighborhood in the La Puente area, where deputies had weapons drawn outside a residence. However, there were no immediate reports of arrests.

Sheriff Robert Luna called the shooting “unacceptable.”

“These are the facts as we know them this afternoon around 2:45 p.m. Deputy Samuel Aispuro was on duty attending training and uniformed patrol as a motorcycle unit… He was waiting at a red light for his marked LA County Sheriff’s motorcycle in the southbound lanes of North Barranca Street at the intersection of East Garvey Avenue here in the city of West Covina… when he was shot in the back, I want to repeat this: He was sitting on a marked black and white Police motorcycle uniform and he was shot in the back deputy Aispuro was transported to a local hospital where he was treated, and thank god the bullet did not penetrate his bulletproof vest.

“We intend to find out…but in the end I have a servant…a civil servant sitting at a red light…Sounds a little familiar from what happened to us in the past. Just wait for a red light to turn in full uniform and he gets shot in the back. This is unacceptable.”

Sheriff Robert Luna, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

Anyone with information about the shooting is encouraged to contact LA County authorities.

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