Autopsy: TSA Officer Shot 12 Times In LAX Attack

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  • LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Transportation Security Administration officer killed by a gunman at Los Angeles International Airport was shot 12 times, with bullets grazing his heart and piercing his bladder and intestines, according to an autopsy report released Friday.

    Gerardo Hernandez had more than 40 bullet fragments in his body from the Nov. 1 shooting, the Los Angeles County coroner’s office said.

    He was in full cardiac arrest when he arrived at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Doctors tried to repair damage to his heart with an emergency surgical procedure and twice used electricity to stimulate his heart before resorting to “internal cardiac massage,” the report said.

    Exploratory surgery in Hernandez’s abdomen revealed massive injuries. He was declared dead 45 minutes after arriving at the hospital and nearly two hours after the shooting.

    Earlier in the week, the coroner’s office released preliminary findings and said Hernandez, 39, died within two to five minutes of being shot.

    Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter explained why the official time of death was much later than his office’s finding, which was not included in the final report.

    Doctors were trying to “bring him back,” he said.

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