By Jonathan Parsley, Information Officer II
The CDCR parole agent, who was shot in a January 4 gunfight with a parolee-at-large in the Lakewood Terrace area of Los Angeles, is recuperating after surgery and is expected to make a full recovery.
“Everyone at CDCR is relieved to hear that our agent is recovering,” said CDCR Secretary Matthew Cate. “The bravery of this agent reminds us all of the valor and determination our agents exhibit out in the field every day as they work to keep Californians safe. My family and I continue to pray for his speedy recovery and the safety of all our men and women in law enforcement.”
The name of the wounded California Parole Apprehension Team (CPAT) member is being withheld pursuant to state law. The 40-year-old agent was first hired by CDCR in 2002 and is currently assigned as a Parole Agent I to Region III (Los Angeles area).
“I am happy to say he is recuperating and in good spirits,” said Division of Adult Parole Operations Director Robert Ambroselli. “We’ll continue to examine our processes to ensure the safety of our agents and the public.”
Pursuant to state law and departmental policy, all deadly force incidents are subject to administrative review. CDCR has sent a deadly force investigation team to conduct an administrative investigation. The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Office is handling the criminal investigation of the incident.
CPAT was created as part of parole reforms launched in January 2009 to direct more intense focus on parolees who pose the most risk to public safety. CPAT agents receive extensive training in fugitive apprehension, database searches, social networking, field tactics and firearms training. For more information about California parole, visit CDCR’s homepage at https://www.cdcr.ca.gov/.