Deputy Honored For Bravery During Hawaiian Gardens Rampage

Supervisor Don Knabe and members of the Hawaiian Gardens City Council honored Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff Freddy Brown for his heroic actions last week in the City of Hawaiian Gardens.

Deputy Freddy Brown was credited with saving six lives by shooting 26-year-old Joseph Mercado, who is suspected of using an AK-47 to kill his former girlfriend, her brother and her father at their Hawaiian Gardens home on May 6.

Deputy Brown was honored for subduing the gunman who was allegedly killing his former girlfriend, her brother and her father and critically wounded their mother before being shot by Deputy Brown. Six other family members, including an infant escaped due to the actions of Deputy Brown.

We want to thank and commend Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Freddy Brown for his incredible display of courage, in the face of life-threatening peril to himself, and protecting the residents of Los Angeles County without hesitation, said Supervisor Knabe. Freddie, congratulations on a job well done. You are a hero.