Officer shot in Sylmar standoff shows some improvement
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said doctors have upgraded Officer Steven Jenkins from critical to serious condition. Jenkins, a 22-year veteran of the department and a member of the LAPD’s canine unit, was shot in the face and shoulder as he and other officers approached a house in the 13600 block of Dronfield Avenue in Sylmar about 2:45 a.m.
Police were summoned to the neighborhood by a woman who called about 10:30 Sunday night to report that her husband had beaten her. Responding firefighters treated the woman for cuts and bruises at a neighbor's house.
Officers went to the woman’s house and tried to contact her husband, 53-year-old Sergio O. Salazar, who was thought to be inside. He didn't respond and then opened fire on a team of canine handlers that included Jenkins.
Salazar traded gunfire with police and holed up for hours in the house as SWAT officers tried to flush him out with tear gas and other devices. He was found dead inside the house Monday evening with a shotgun nearby. The investigation into how Salazar died is ongoing.
Jenkins was rushed to a hospital for emergency surgery. Beck visited the officer again Tuesday and said he remained "heavily sedated."
Doctors remain optimistic about Jenkins' ability to recover, but say he has a long road ahead. The injuries are severe and he will need a number of surgeries "to make him right,” Beck said.
The chief thanked the more than 400 people who had turned out to donate blood in honor of Jenkins.
-- Joel Rubin at LAPD headquarters
Photo: Officer Steven Jenkins Credit: Los Angeles Police Department