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 local hospital in critical condition.
An investigation is underway and the shooting is being treated as a crime, a department official said.
Derek Hsieh, executive director of the Assn. for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs, confirmed that the wounded deputy is a union member and said that his supporters are “still hoping for a good outcome” at the hospital.
“We’re going to support his family and colleagues and co-workers,” Hsieh added. “We’re also going to support the investigators who could potentially be conducting any type of operations if there’s a suspect.”
This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.
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