Gerardo Hernandez, the Transportation Security Administration officer who was killed in a shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport on Nov. 1, was bleeding for 33 minutes before being taken by police to a waiting ambulance, according to reports.
Paramedics were just 150 yards away from Hernandez, but were not allowed entrance to the airport because the scene had not been declared safe, according to an Associated Press report.
The suspect however, had been in custody for about 28 of those minutes and posed no further threat, two officials told the AP.
The officials had been briefed on the investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity, according to the report.
It was not known whether immediate medical attention might have saved Hernandez’s life.
Hernandez was shot while on duty in Terminal 3 by a gunman apparently targeting TSA officers.
Suspected gunman Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, was shot by airport police officers and is hospitalized in fair condition.
Hernandez was the first TSA officer to be killed in the line of duty.
His wife Ana said her husband was always excited to go to work.
“We are all heartbroken and will miss him dearly,” Ana said. “We married on Valentine’s Day 1998 and have two beautiful, wonderful children.”