From NBC Los Angeles:
A sheriff’s deputy shot in the face Jan. 11 by a gang member was back at home Sunday, though he is expected to continue to be under medical care for some time.
Mohamed Ahmad, 27, was released from County-USC Medical Center Saturday, said a sheriff’s spokesman.
A rookie to patrol work, Ahmad was with his training partner on North Brannick Avenue in East Los Angeles when they confronted 37-year-old Nestor Torres, who Ahmad’s partner recognized as a parolee.
Torres opened fire, hitting Ahmad in the face.
Ahmad’s partner shot back, killing Torres.
Ahmad, an immigrant from Somalia, suffered damage to an eye and his jaw, but the bullet apparently caused no brain damage. It was unclear if he would be able to return to work.
He had been on patrol duty for only three weeks. All sheriff’s deputies start out working in the jails.
Ahmad, who arrived in the United States when he was seven, had been a key bread-winner for his family, including six brothers and sisters, as well as his mother. His father died in 2009.
He volunteered with the sheriff’s Muslim Community Affairs Unit, which the sheriff started to improve relations with Muslims.
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