President Donald Trump personally called the two Los Angeles County deputies who were gravely wounded in a Compton ambush to express his support.
Hero cop Claudia Apolinar, who was shot in the jaw, and her partner received personal messages from the president wishing them a speedy recovery from the savage attack, the New York Post reported.
Ambush on the job
Apolinar, 31, and her 24-year old male partner were only 14 months on the job when an unidentified suspect opened fire on them in their patrol car on Sept. 12, according to the Post.
Despite sustaining grave injuries, Apolinar was seen in gruesome images fixing a tourniquet for her partner, who had been shot in the head. The former librarian and mother of a 6-year-old boy could barely speak as she called for help over the radio.
In a post over the weekend, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said that President Trump called in to see how the deputies were doing. A photo shows Apolinar dictating her responses to the president on a notepad from her hospital bed.
“A week ago today, a callous and heartless criminal attempted to murder two of the heroes that work hard [every day] to keep you safe,” the department said in a Facebook post on Sunday, according to the Washington Examiner.
“This week,” they added, “[President Trump] called both of our deputies to check on their spirits, wish them a speedy recovery and remind them that the [A]merican people are behind them and that the coward that harmed them will be brought to [j]ustice!!”
Officers out of hospital
The attack has been seen by some as a result of anti-police rhetoric being pushed by groups like Black Lives Matter and Democratic lawmakers.
After the shooting, a group of Black Lives Matter protesters blocked the entrance to the hospital, chanting, “We hope they die,” as the Examiner reported separately.
According to the New York Post, Apolinar was finally released from the hospital on Monday, four days after her partner.
“Great news,” the LA County Sheriff’s Department said on Twitter. “Both of our Deputies from the #ComptonAmbush have been discharged from the hospital and are resting. They both have a long road to recover and #LASD appreciates your continued prayers and all the support.”
In the wake of the attack, Trump denounced the shooter as an “animal” and called for the death penalty for cop killers, according to CBS Los Angeles. The shooter is still at large.