Official: Police officer said TSA victim was dead

By TAMI ABDOLLAH, Associated Press
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Gerardo Hernandez

TSA officer Gerardo Hernandez was shot to death and several others wounded by a gunman who went on a shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport, November 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Courtesy Hernandez Family)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles airport police union spokesman says medical attention for a mortally wounded Transportation Security Administration officer was delayed because a Los Angeles Police Department officer told responders the man was dead.

Marshall McClain, president of the Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Association, said Friday the LAPD officer was standing in front of TSA Officer Gerardo Hernandez, obscuring him from view as he lay bleeding, telling other responding officers that Hernandez was dead.

It’s unclear how the officer made that determination or whether he was qualified to do so.

The events unfolded on Nov. 1 after a gunman pulled a rifle from a duffel bag in the busy airport and targeted TSA officers.

Authorities finally went to aid Hernandez after helping other wounded victims. McClain says an airport police officer thought he detected a light pulse and immediately wheeled Hernandez out to paramedics — 33 minutes after he’d been shot.

McClain says he learned about the events by speaking with airport officers who were involved.

Related: TSA Officer Bled for 33 Minutes in LAX Shooting


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