Agencies Ask for Patience as LAX Shooting Investigations Continue

Federal and local authorities are investigating the Nov. 1 shooting at LAX that left a TSA officer dead

By Andrew Lopez
|  Saturday, Nov 16, 2013  |  Updated 7:09 PM EDT
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Agencies Ask for Patience as LAX Shooting Investigations Continue

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Agencies involved in the response to the fatal shooting at Los Angeles International Airport this month are awaiting the conclusion of various investigations before seeing what can be done to improve response. In this file photo, Los Angeles Airport officer Daniel Keehne, left, and his dog Axa, and officer Fritz Corros inspect a car trunk at an access road checkpoint outside Los Angeles International Airport. TSA Officer Gerardo I. Hernandez was killed and two officers and one civilian wounded in the shooting at Terminal 3 Friday, Nov. 1. Operations at the airport were back to normal with a heightened security presence Monday, the first business day since the attack. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

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One day after reports surfaced that a slain Transportation Security Administration officer received help more than 30 minutes after being shot at Los Angeles International Airport this month, federal and local agencies who responded to the incident issued a statement asking for patience while investigations unfold.

The joint statement, released by the Los Angeles World Airports and Federal Bureau of Investigation, among others Saturday, states, “Command officers and airport administrators were faced with a wide range of important objectives, including conducting a complete search to rule out additional gunmen or explosives, identifying all injured victims, and coordinating the needs of the thousands of arriving and departing travelers that were impacted by the incident.

“In the aftermath of an incident of such significance, we are rightfully evaluating where improvements can be made should we ever be faced with such an incident in the future,” the statement continues.

The release characterized some statements surrounding the shooting as untrue, while others “merit serious consideration” by the agencies.

The joint release comes just one day after reports surfaced that there was a more than 30 minute delay of help for TSA Officer Gerardo Hernandez who was fatally shot Nov. 1.

Officials said a federal criminal investigation, an officer-involved shooting investigation and an After Action Workgroup, which analyzes all aspects of the emergency response, are currently underway.

The agencies are awaiting the findings of the After Action Workgroup, which will provide the "best perspective from which to draw conclusions, make recommendations, or take other corrective action,” according to the statement.

The joint release was also issued by the Los Angeles Fire Department, Los Angeles Police Department and the Transportation Security Administration.

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