A Sheriff’s Department deputy who was violently beaten by a man detained in a domestic violence incident was identified Wednesday, when he thanked the good Samaritan who came to his aid.
Deputy Brandon Love was seriously injured at the Lakewood Center Mall on Aug. 15, when 21-year-old Frankie Estrada allegedly knocked him unconscious and then kicked and stomped on his head and neck.
Love’s injuries from the unprovoked attack were called “life changing” by a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department captain.
Still hospitalized Wednesday, Love was shown in a photo with his wife Nicole that was posted on the Lakewood Sheriff’s Station Facebook page.
Love did not want to speak to news media, but he made a personal video for the “good Samaritan he calls his guardian angel,” another post on the page stated.
In a hand-written note that he dictated to his wife, Love said he had been told he might never walk again.
“A few days out, I am making progress and my hopes are high,” Love said. “Thank you all for the support and positive thoughts. Love you all.”
Estrada pleaded not guilty Tuesday to attempted murder of a peace officer and other felonies.
Love was one of two deputies responding to a dispute between a man and a woman; Love was bringing Estrada back toward the other deputy, who had made contact with the woman involved, when the attack occurred.
As Love bent over to pick up some keys he had dropped, Estrada allegedly hit him in the head and then continued kicking him while he was on the ground.
A good Samaritan was able to stop the beating, and was credited with saving Love’s life.