The officer who was shot multiple times during a shooting at a Los Angeles Department Station has been released from the hospital and is recovering at home, authorities said Wednesday.
His release late Tuesday came as new details emerged about the 29-year-old Los Angeles man suspected in Monday’s shooting, including that the alleged gunman was rejected by the LAPD, but still had plans to become a police officer.
Daniel C. Yealu applied to the LAPD but was rejected for the job, according to LAPD Cmdr. Andy Smith.
His father, Danny Yealu, told the Los Angeles Times that his son, who worked as a security guard, was planning to apply to the Burbank police academy. He added that his son told him he was making good money at his job and had planned to buy a condominium.
Yealu allegedly walked into the West Traffic Division lobby at about 8 p.m. Monday, said he had a complaint and then opened fire on the two desk officers, police said.
The officers, a man and a woman, fired back, wounding Yealu, according to police.
The male officer was struck three times, twice in the shoulder and once in the side, according to LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, who added that one round also hit a backup service weapon the officer had in his pants pocket.
Beck described the seven-year LAPD veteran as “very, very lucky.”
The injured officer was not wearing a bulletproof vest at the time of the incident, LAPD Sgt. Barry Montgomery said, contradicting earlier reports that he had one on.
“In my mind, this incident is miraculous,” Montgomery said. “He was able to be shot multiple times and still be in good condition.”
The female officer was not hit by gunfire.
A day after the shooting at a Mid-City building that houses the LAPD’s Wilshire Station and West Traffic Division, police said investigators found a cache of weapons and ammunition in Yealu’s vehicle and home.
Yealu was booked on suspicion of attempted murder, but remained hospitalized as of Tuesday in critical condition, Smith said.
He was being held on $2 million bail, according to online inmate records.
Monday’s incident marked the second attack on police working at the location in less than a year.
Last June, a gunman ambushed two LAPD detectives outside the same station, injuring both.
The undercover detectives were returning to the station in an unmarked car when a shooter opened fire on their vehicle from behind, police said at the time.
The gunman in the 2013 shooting has not been caught.