EAST LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Mohamed Ahmed, the deputy trainee who was shot in the face by a reputed gang member during a shootout in East Los Angeles, was released from the hospital Saturday.

Ahmed, 27, who was hospitalized in critical condition after the Jan. 11 shooting, was allowed to go home although he is still undergoing substantial medical treatment, said Captain Henry Romero of the East Los Angeles sheriff’s station.

According to the sheriff’s department, Ahmed and his training officer were on patrol in East Los Angeles about 7:15 p.m. Tuesday when they saw 37-year-old Nestor Torres — on parole for a conviction of being a felon in possession of a gun and shooting at an inhabited dwelling — acting suspiciously in a parked car at North Brannick Avenue, near Floral Drive in the unincorporated City Terrace area.

When the deputies made contact with him, a struggle ensued and Torres shot Ahmed in the face, prompting Ahmed’s training deputy to return fire, according to sheriff’s officials.

The suspect was shot and killed by Ahmed’s training deputy, a 21-year veteran of the sheriff’s department described as “a long-term field training officer.” Parker said the lawman suffered “mild injuries during the initial fight when Torres tried to shoot him, but was not hospitalized.”

Ahmed and Torres were taken to County-USC Medical Center, where Torres was pronounced dead.

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