A local sheriff’s deputy recovering at home from a gunshot wound to the neck expressed thanks to everyone who showed support and concern for his well-being.
The deputy, whose identity has not been disclosed, sent his thanks to the Santa Clarita Valley community Saturday, said Shirley Miller, spokeswoman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station, in a social media post on the weekend.
“Our deputy, that was injured on Tuesday night when responding to an assault with a deadly weapon call in Newhall, wishes to express his thanks & appreciation,” she wrote.
“His family says that they truly have felt ‘blessed’ by the outpouring of support from not only their law enforcement family, but also from so many in the community,” she wrote.
The wound was considered a “through and through,” which meant it entered and exited through his neck, as illustrated in a picture shared by Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station officials.
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A detective investigating the incident for the Sheriff’s Department noted that within a quarter-inch in a different direction and the injury could have easily been fatal.
His family reports that he is doing a little better each day, and slowly gaining mobility.
Miller said “every get-well card and note of encouragement” intended for the wounded deputy has been delivered to him.
“We thank you for being there for ‘one of our own,’” she wrote.
The shooting which ended with two people shot – the deputy and a suspected gunman – happened shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday after deputies responded to an “assault with a deadly weapon call” on the 21300 block of Bottletree Lane in Newhall.
Deputies responded to reports that a man had pointed a gun at a woman who then called the sheriff, Lt. Joe Mendoza said.
The shooting is being investigated by detectives with the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s Homicide Bureau as a matter of protocol whenever a deputy-involved shooting happens.
Once they interview each of the deputies involved in the shooting and gathers all his evidence, they are expected to present those findings to the District Attorney’s Justice Integrity Division.
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