LAPD officer shot in Sylmar standoff is in critical but stable condition
Surgeons say that LAPD Officer Steven Jenkins is critically ill but remains stable after being shot twice by a man early Monday during an armed standoff with police in Sylmar.
Jenkins was struck twice: once in the face and a second time in the shoulder, said Dr. Bradley Roth of Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills. He underwent emergency surgery and is sedated and on a breathing machine, the surgeon said.
The first bullet tore into the right side of his face and exited near his jaw, Roth said. The second entered near his right clavicle, fracturing several ribs and damaging a lung, Roth said. Health information normally is private, but Jenkins' wife, an LAPD sergeant, gave surgeons permission to talk to the media, Roth said.
Roth said people with injuries like Jenkins' typically survive their wounds but that he is still "critically ill."
In Sylmar, meanwhile, the standoff between the armed suspect and dozens of SWAT officers is continuing. SWAT teams from the Los Angeles Police Department have been joined by more teams from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department in the attempt to force the suspect from his two-story home.
Shots have been fired from the home as police fired tear gas and stinging "hot gas" in an effort to dislodge the suspect. The LAPD is now using a forklift-type device to tear down portions of a wall of the house. But shots are being fired at the police from windows and breaches in the wall.
"His demeanor is crazy,'' said LAPD spokesman Lt. Andy Neiman of the suspect.
Police said they were called to the home in the 13600 block of Dronfield Avenue around 10:30 p.m last night after the suspect's wife reported that he had allegedly attacked her. The man refused to come to the door and when police sent a team of dog handlers to the front of the home, the suspect allegedly began firing, striking Jenkins, police said.
Officers withdrew and continued attempts to contact the man without success. Around 9:30 a.m. Monday, they began ratcheting up their effort to remove him with tear gas and later, the hot gas.
Neighbors have been evacuated from the area.
-- Catherine Saillant and Gale Holland
Photo: This undated photo released by the Los Angeles Police Department shows Los Angeles police Officer Steven Jenkins. Credit: Los Angeles Police Department. / Associated Press