Supervisor Hilda L. Solis issued the following statement the day after two Los Angeles County Sheriff Deputies were shot, and one suspect was killed, at Ruben Salazar Park in East Los Angeles:
“This morning I visited with the two deputies, and their respective families, who were shot in yesterday’s shooting in Ruben Salazar Park. I shared with them my prayers for a swift and complete recovery, and I passed along my thanks and deep appreciation to our medical personnel.
I have been in constant contact with the Sheriff’s Department since this incident occurred. My staff has been on the ground in a support role along with the Sheriff’s Department, the County Department of Parks and Recreation, and the County Department of Mental Health. Personnel from these respective County Departments have been available to support the community since the shooting occurred. I am grateful for the Sheriff’s Department’s quick response to this incident.
Since it is an active crime scene, Salazar Park is closed today until at least 6pm. I worked with the County Department of Mental Health to ensure that they are at the park to provide free counseling in English and Spanish to community residents from 10am until 8pm today, Friday from 10am to 7pm, and Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Community members can also call 1-800-854-7771 at any time to receive free counseling. I also visited with Mental Health and Parks and Recreation staff today at Salazar Park to thank them personally for their efforts during this difficult time.
My heart goes out to the deputies, their families, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, and all of East Los Angeles. The County family understands that Salazar Park is a very special place for the East Los Angeles community, and we are working hard to make sure that access to this important area is restored as quickly as possible. I stand with East Los Angeles.”
Michael Kapp, Communications Director, (213) 974-4111 or firstname.lastname@example.org