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$80,000 offered for leads in shooting of school officer near El Camino High

January 20, 2011 |  6:52 pm

Suspect Los Angeles officials announced Thursday that they will be offering an $80,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the gunman who wounded a school police officer in Woodland Hills, sparking a massive hunt that shut down a seven-square-mile swath of the west San Fernando Valley and left more than 9,000 students locked for hours in their classrooms.

The officer, eight-year Los Angeles school police veteran Jeff Stenroos, was shot in the 5500 block of Manton Avenue adjacent to El Camino Real High School on Wednesday morning by a white man in his 40s with a thin build and graying hair pulled into a ponytail.

A composite sketch of the man was released Thursday afternoon and investigators said they believe someone in the area of the shooting will recognize him and urged them to contact police.

"We suspect he is a local," LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said of the gunman.

Officials also introduced the Good Samaritan who helped the fallen officer by using his police radio to make an "officer needs help" call to emergency dispatchers. Michael Brodey, a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, also assisted Stenroos as they waited for help to arrive.

"What I did yesterday is just what I'm trained to do," said Brodey. He said that training aided him in helping other victims in emergencies, including giving a choking woman in a restaurant the Heimlich maneuver and providing first aid to a worker who had been struck by a vehicle on Mulholland Drive.

At the urging of police, Brodey did not elaborate on what he saw and heard before, during or after the shooting or describe what brought him to the area.

--Andrew Blankstein