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Sheriff's deputy shot in face, may lose eye

January 12, 2011 |  8:15 am

A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy may lose an eye and will undergo surgery Wednesday after being shot in the face by a reputed gang member on parole in East Los Angeles, authorities said.

Doctors have said Deputy Mohamed Ahmed, 27, appears not to have suffered any brain damage but was still in critical condition, said Lt. Don Slawson of the sheriff’s homicide bureau.

“His vitals and brain waves all seem to be OK. We are fortunate in that respect,” Slawson said. “But doctors have said losing an eye is a distinct possibility.”

Ahmed’s training officer, who suffered abrasions and bruises from the incident, was treated and released from the hospital, Slawson said.

The shooting occurred Tuesday night while Ahmed and the other officer were on a routine patrol near Floral Drive and North Brannick Avenue and saw a woman and a man inside a vehicle parked in the red zone.

The training officer recognized the parolee, and as deputies got out of their cruiser, the man got out of his car and and allegedly fired at the officers, police said.

The training officer tried to wrestle the gun away from the suspect, deflecting the weapon as it was pointed at his chest, police said. The officer fired at least two shots, fatally wounding the suspect.

The suspect’s identity has not been released, Slawson said.

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