‘It’s an outrage’: L.A. deputy ambushed, shot in head outside Palmdale station

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A Los Angeles County sheriff‘s deputy was shot in the head while sitting in his patrol vehicle Saturday night, according to law enforcement sources.

The deputy was found “in medical distress” in front of the Palmdale station around 6 p.m., the Sheriff’s Department said in a social media post. Afterward, he was rushed to a Lancaster hospital in critical condition.

The shooting is being treated as a crime, a department official said.

Union leader Derek Hsieh — executive director of the Assn. for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs — called the shooting an “ambush” and said it has sparked anger and sadness in the law enforcement community.

“It’s an outrage,” he said. “An ambush is a targeted attack against law enforcement and it sends a really clear message.”

He confirmed that the shot deputy is represented by the union and has multiple family members in law enforcement. Late Saturday night, he said that others in law enforcement had already begun reaching out in solidarity.

“I have received calls of support from other law enforcement agencies and an elected official who offered to use her own personal money if an award needs to be offered,” Hsieh said.

Supervisor Janice Hahn called the shooting “senseless and horrific” and said she had reached out to Sheriff Robert Luna.

“Tonight I’m praying for him, his friends, fellow deputies at @PalmdaleSheriff, and especially his loved ones,” she wrote Saturday night in a post on X, the website formerly known as Twitter.

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