Fact Check: Blonde Woman In Meme About Ambush Of Los Angeles County Deputies Is NOT The Wounded Female Officer

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  • by: Alexis Tereszcuk
Fact Check: Blonde Woman In Meme About Ambush Of Los Angeles County Deputies Is NOT The Wounded Female Officer Not The Victim

Is a blonde woman pictured in a meme about the Los Angeles sheriff's deputies who were shot in their squad car the actual female officer who was wounded? No, that's not true. The photograph of a woman with long blonde hair in posts that have gone viral about the shooting of the deputies is not the real victim of the ambush attack. The real woman from the photograph, Breck Worsham, has denied that she is the female deputy who was shot. Surveillance video from immediately after the shooting of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies shows the female officer has dark hair and does not resemble the blonde woman in the posts.

The claim appeared as a post (archived here) where it was published on Facebook on September 13, 2020. It opened:

Last night in California, a 6 year old boy begged God to save his mother's like after she was ambushed and shot, unprovoked, while sitting in her police car. Today, the NFL will honor and praise the organization that stood out outside his mother's hospital chanting "we hope she dies." Make no mistake. Anyone who watches football today, purchases NFL merchandise or supports these teams in anyway has blood on their hands. Shame on you. #BackTheBlue

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Tue Sep 15 00:44:55 2020 UTC)

The woman in the photograph with the post is not a sheriff's deputy.

Worsham, who uses the name "The Patriotic Blonde," denied that she is the officer who was shot, posting on her Facebook page on September 14, 2020.

I was just made aware that a post has been circulated on social media using my photo as the officer who was shot in...

Posted by Breck Worsham- The Patriotic Blonde on Monday, September 14, 2020

On Saturday, September 12, 2020 shortly before 7 p.m. a male approached the sheriff's car that was parked in the Compton area of Los Angeles and fired into the vehicle, the Los Angeles Times reported. The suspect has not been caught as of September 14. The Los Angeles County board of supervisors offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect, the LASD said in a press release.

Security footage released of the two deputies after they were shot shows the female deputy as appearing to have dark hair as she aids her male partner following the incident.

The footage of the shooting was also caught on camera as the officers were both in their vehicle.

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  Alexis Tereszcuk

Alexis Tereszcuk is a writer and fact checker at Lead Stories and an award-winning journalist who spent over a decade breaking hard news and celebrity scoop with RadarOnline and Us Weekly.

As the Entertainment Editor, she investigated Hollywood stories and conducted interviews with A-list celebrities and reality stars.  

Alexis’ crime reporting earned her spots as a contributor on the Nancy Grace show, CNN, Fox News and Entertainment Tonight, among others.

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