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Sheriff's deputy shot earlier this month is released from hospital

January 22, 2011 |  7:46 pm

Mohamed Ahmed was shot in the face Jan. 11. Credit: Los Angeles Sheriff's Department A Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputy trainee who was shot in the face by a reputed gang member during a shootout in East Los Angeles this month was released from the hospital Saturday, department officials said.

Capt. Henry Romero of the East Los Angeles sheriff’s station said that Deputy Mohamed Ahmed, 27, was allowed to go home although he is still undergoing medical treatment for wounds he received in the Jan. 11 shooting.

According to the Sheriff's Department, Ahmed and his training officer were on patrol in East Los Angeles about 7:15 p.m. when they saw 37-year-old Nestor Torres -- on parole from a felony gun conviction -- acting suspiciously in a parked car at North Brannick Avenue, near Floral Drive in the unincorporated Nestor Torres, pictured in a previous jail booking photo. Credit: Los Angeles Sheriff's DepartmentCity Terrace area.

 When the deputies approached him, a struggle ensued, sheriff’s officials said, and Torres shot Ahmed in the face, prompting Ahmed's training deputy to return fire, killing Torres.

Ahmed was admitted  to County-USC Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition. Doctors placed wiring in Ahmed's jaw, performed surgery on one eye and inserted a breathing tube into his windpipe.


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Top photo: Deputy Mohamed Ahmed, 27. Bottom photo: Nestor Torres, 37, pictured in a previous jail booking photo. Credit: Los Angeles Sheriff's Department