Alive and grate­ful

SCV deputy shares story of sur­vival, grat­i­tude af­ter Novem­ber shoot­ing

The Signal - - FRONT PAGE - By Perry Smith Sig­nal Deputy Man­ag­ing Ed­i­tor

It’s un­likely Deputy Al­bert White will for­get Nov. 28, 2017, any time soon.

That night, White was shot in the neck in the line of duty while re­spond­ing to a dan­ger­ous call.

And the sen­ti­ment he wanted to share in an in­ter­view Wed­nes­day was grat­i­tude. He was thank­ful for the deputies who saved him, the com­mu­nity that sup­ported him and the fam­ily there for him while he got bet­ter, he said.

“(My fel­low deputies) were there, and they were willing to put their lives in dan­ger so I could get home safely to my wife and daugh­ter,” White said, re­call­ing his ride to Henry Mayo Ne­whall Hos­pi­tal in the

back of another deputy’s pa­trol car that night. “So, I’m very grate­ful to them.”

White joined the Marines at age 18 be­cause he wanted to serve, and then af­ter ful­fill­ing his obli­ga­tion, sought out his next ser­vice: the Sher­iff’s De­part­ment, about five years ago.

While White couldn’t dis­cuss too many of the de­tails from the shoot­ing in Novem­ber, as the crim­i­nal case sur­round­ing the in­ci­dent is still pend­ing, The Sig­nal re­ported the in­ci­dent shortly af­ter it hap­pened on Bot­tle­tree Lane, in Ne­whall.

Deputies con­verged on an apart­ment com­plex off Dock­weiler Drive, re­spond­ing to an as­sault with a deadly weapon call Nov. 28, when White and sev­eral other deputies came into con­tact with the man who shot White in the neck.

“We got a call that there was a vic­tim with a gun pointed at her,” White said. “Later in the night, I ended up be­ing shot by the sus­pect in the neck.”

Mono­lito Guerra, 29, a sus­pect who had been on pa­role in Ne­whall for a lit­tle over a month on as­sault and evad­ing ar­rest con­vic­tions at the time of the shoot­ing, is now fac­ing an at­tempted mur­der charge, as well as other al­le­ga­tions, a Homi­cide Bu­reau lieu­tenant said at the time. He’s be­ing held in lieu of more than $5.7 mil­lion bail at the Twin Tow­ers Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­ity in Los An­ge­les. He’s due back in court July 10, ac­cord­ing to court records.

White ini­tially was listed in crit­i­cal con­di­tion af­ter the shoot­ing, ac­cord­ing to re­ports from emer­gency of­fi­cials, but even in re­cov­ery the deputy found a rea­son to be thank­ful. The com­mu­nity sup­port he re­ceived was a bless­ing, he said, and the time he was able to spend with his wife and daugh­ter made the best re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pos­si­ble.

Now more than two months back on the force, White said he was happy to be cho­sen to serve on the Santa

“We just go out there and we back each other, just look­ing for bad peo­ple do­ing bad things, who are out there vic­tim­iz­ing our cit­i­zens.”

Al­bert White,

Santa Clarita Val­ley Sher­iff’s Sta­tion Deputy

Clarita Val­ley Sher­iff’s Sta­tion’s Sum­mer Crime En­force­ment Team, which he de­scribed as a fam­ily within a fam­ily.

“We just go out there and we back each other, just look­ing for bad peo­ple do­ing bad things, who are out there vic­tim­iz­ing our cit­i­zens,” White said. “We’re here for them. And if we can do any­thing to pro­tect them, that’s what we’re go­ing to do.”

Austin Dave/The Sig­nal

(Above) Santa Clarita Val­ley Sher­iff’s Sta­tion Deputy Al­bert White was shot in the neck re­spond­ing to a call on Nov. 28, 2017. (In­set) A scar is vis­i­ble be­low White’s ear. White was thank­ful for the deputies who saved his life.

Austin Dave/ The Sig­nal

Santa Clarita Val­ley Sher­iff’s Sta­tion Deputy Al­bert White is cur­rently work­ing as part of the sta­tion’s Sum­mer Crime En­force­ment Team, which he de­scribed as a fam­ily within a fam­ily. White has been back on the force for two months, af­ter be­ing shot in Novem­ber 2017.

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