Claudia Apolinar is a police officer who works in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in Los Angeles County, California, United States. She is a former librarian.
Apolinar was known for saving the life of her fellow Los Angeles County Sheriff ‘s deputy and partner Emmanuel Perez, born in 1996, while she herself was also badly injured. Here are 13 more things about her:
- She gave birth to her first son in 2016.
- In 2011, she started working as an aide in Los Angeles County libraries.
- In 2017, she signed up to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
- Her annual wage in 2017 was $78,159.
- In 2018, her annual wage was $92,106.
- In 2019, her annual wage was $122,106.
- In July 2019, she graduated from the Los Angeles Police Academy.
- At about 7:10 p.m. on September 21, 2020, she and Perez were in their patrol vehicle parked outside the Metro Compton Blue Line station at 275 N. Willowbrook Avenue and Elm Street in Compton, California. African-American man and Compton native Deonte Lee Murray walked up to the police car, shot the two deputies at close range and fled in a black Mercedes Benz sedan.
- She was 31 years old when she was shot by Murray on September 21, 2020.
- After being shot through the jaw and upper torso, she managed to ask for help. While waiting for medics to arrive, she made a tourniquet for Perez.
- Seriously injured, she and Perez were rushed to St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, California, where they underwent emergency surgery. On September 13, 2020, while she and Perez were still there recuperating, protesters tried to block the entrance to the hospital and shouted “F*** the police” and “We hope you die.”
- Her father Adolfo Apolinar, born in 1955, held a bedside vigil for her in the hospital on September 15, 2020. He told Daily Mail that she was in a stable condition.
- “She was shot in the face, shot in the upper torso several times. (It is not easy) to have the wherewithal to get yourself out of the vehicle and the line of fire in case it continues but then to take care of your partner, initiate radio traffic make sure the civilians in the area are safe, it shows a lot about her courage and intestinal fortitude,” the New York Post quoted Los Angeles County sheriff Alejandro “Alex” Villanueva as saying.