A security guard who had hoped to become a Los Angeles police officer was charged Thursday with two counts of attempted murder after allegedly opening fire inside an LAPD division lobby earlier this week.
Daniel Christoph Yealu, 29, a Palms-area resident, remained hospitalized after the Monday shooting, which left one unidentified desk officer with multiple gunshot wounds.
Officers in the lobby of the West Traffic Division in Mid-City returned fire, hitting Yealu.
Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck said it was a miracle that the officer, who was not wearing a bulletproof vest, survived.
Police said the wounded officer was doing well and was “in good spirits.”
He was charged with two counts of attempted murder of a peace officer with gun allegations, according to the Lso Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
A cache of firearms and ammunition was found at Yealu’s home and in his car, police said.
Yealu held an expired license to work as a security guard and carry a firearm, state records show. He had applied to work for the LAPD but was rejected, a police commander has said.
Prosecutors planned to request that bail for Yealu be set at $3.3 million, according to the DA’s office.
His arraignment date was not yet set.