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Dramatic moment rookie mom-of-one cop, 31, saves partner’s life tending to his gunshot wounds after Compton ambush

DRAMATIC footage shows the moment a rookie cop and mom-of-one saved her partner’s life tending to his gunshot wounds after they were ambushed.

Claudia Apolinar, 31, and a 24-year-old male colleague were both injured when an unknown gunman opened fire through the window of their patrol car in Compton, Los Angeles at around 7pm on Saturday.

Apolinar, a mother of a six-year-old who graduated from the LA Police Academy in 2019, was reportedly shot in the jaw and torso.

In images obtained by ABC7, she can be seen in a photo taken seconds after the attack standing next to a pillar with her upper body covered in blood.

The male deputy, who was shot in the head, can be seen kneeling down by her side while holding out a blood-soaked hand while a gun lays on the ground in front of them.

Reports say that even after being shot, Apolinar managed to radio for help and apply a torniquet to her partner’s wounds.

Records show Apolinar worked as an aide in LA county libraries from 2011 before signing up for the Sheriff’s Department in 2017, the Mail reported.

Footage shows her receiving her police academy certificate at a graduation ceremony in East LA last year.

A spokeswoman for Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department said that both Apolinar and her colleague are expected to survive the attack.

Speaking to the Mail from her hospital bedside, Adolinar’s 65-year-old father Adolfo also confirmed that she was in a stable condition.

Grainy CCTV footage of the attack shows the shooter fire a weapon through the passenger side of the patrol vehicle, leaving the two officers with critical head wounds.

The attack took place near to LA’s Metro Blue Line station.

The suspect got off a bus at the station and then carried out the attack before fleeing on foot, authorities said.

“We at the LASD would like to offer our sincerest appreciation for the overwhelming support being offered from all over the Nation,” a spokesperson for the sheriff’s department said in a statement yesterday.

“We also wish to thank the LA County Board of Supervisors for sponsoring the $100K reward for the arrest and conviction of this coward.

“At this point we have a very very generic description of a dark-skinned male and that came from one of the victims,” Captain Kent Wegener told news conference.

The families of the two wounded officers, who work for the LA Transit Services Bureau, approved the release of the security footage, Fox LA reported.

An LASD spokeswoman told The Sun that a suspect had not been identified and no further information was available at this time.

The sheriff’s department also cautioned on Twitter late Sunday that social media posts of the alleged shooter had identified the wrong person.

“Currently, there is a social media post that is being circulated which identifies a male out of Los Angeles as the suspect responsible for the ambush of our 2 deputies yesterday,” the post said.

“This is ERRONEOUS information and there are no named or wanted suspects at this time.”

Sheriff Alex Villanueva said the deputies injured in the attack were both sworn into the department just 14 months ago.

The victims initiated radio contact after they were shot and were rushed to hospital with the assistance of other deputies, he said.

“This is just a somber reminder that this is a dangerous job, and actions and words have consequences,” Villanueva added.

“Our job does not get any easier because people do not like law enforcement.

“It p****s me off, it dismays me at the same time. There’s no pretty way to say it.”

Local law enforcement officers took to social media to express their anger and disgust over the shooting.

“I hope this monster is caught soon,” LAPD Capt. Gisselle Espinoza tweeted.

“I’m sick to my stomach. The deputies are in my prayers. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.”

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