Thursday, January 5, 2012

CPAT Agent Shot in Lakewood Terrace Recovering from Surgery

Agent remains in stable condition and a full recovery is expected

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) agent, who was shot in an apparent gunfight with a parolee at large in the Lakewood Terrace area of Los Angeles on January 4, is recovering from surgery and remains in stable condition.

CDCR Secretary Matthew Cate says,“everyone at CDCR is relieved to hear that our agent should be able to recover fully. Watching video and pictures of this agent sitting up and giving information to his brother law enforcement officers, even after he had been shot in the face, reminded us all of the valor and determination that our agents exhibit out in the field everyday as they work to keep Californians safe. My family and I continue to pray for his speedy recovery and the safety of all our men and women in law enforcement. “

The California Parole Apprehension Team member’s name is being with held pursuant to state law. The wounded agent is 40 years old. He was first hired by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in 2002. He is currently assigned as a Parole Agent I to Region III (Los Angeles Area) of the California Parole Apprehension Team (CPAT.)

Department of Adult Parole Operations Director, Robert Ambroselli was by the agent’s side this morning. “I visited our parole agent and am happy to say he is recovering, resting comfortably, and in good spirits. We'll continue to look closely at our processes to ensure the safety of our agents and the public remains our top priority.”

Pursuant to state law and departmental policy, all deadly force incidents are subject to administrative review. CDCR has sent a deadly force investigation team to conduct an administrative investigation into the use of force by the parole agents. The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Office is handling the criminal investigation of the incident.

The CPAT was created as part of parole reforms launched by CDCR in January 2009 to direct more intense focus on parolees who pose the most risk to public safety. CPAT agents receive extensive training in fugitive apprehension, database searches, social networking, field tactics and firearms training. For more information on California parole, visit CDCR’s homepage at http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JANUARY 5, 2012
CONTACT: Luis Patino
(916) 445-4950