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LAPD officer shot in Sylmar is released from hospital

April 23, 2011 |  9:13 pm

A 22-year veteran Los Angeles police officer who was shot in the jaw and shoulder almost three weeks ago during a standoff in Sylmar was released from the hospital Saturday.

Officer Steven Jenkins, a canine handler, was struck twice with bullets fired by an armed man who had barricaded himself inside his home after police and a SWAT team responded to a domestic violence call. The man, 53-year-old Sergio Salazar, was later found dead in his home with a shotgun nearby.

Jenkins had been listed as critically ill and underwent several surgeries at Holy Cross Medical Center and USC University Hospital. His jaw remains wired shut.

Jenkins' wife is a Los Angeles Police Department sergeant and their son also is an officer.

-- Raja Abdulrahim