On Wednesday at approximately 6 p.m. Sheriff Alex Villanuena held a brief press conference to announce that Deputy Solano succumbed to the shooting on Monday. Sheriff Villanueva said the following:
“The entire LASD Family has been shaken by the tragic news regarding the senseless and cowardly murder of Deputy Joseph Gilbert Solano. With a heavy heart, and surrounded by Deputy Solano’s loved ones, I had to do the hardest thing I have ever had to do – announce the passing of one of my deputies.
“Since the heinous act, I have spent a significant amount of time with Joseph’s family at the hospital, where medical professionals tirelessly worked around the clock to try to save his life. I was able to see firsthand the tremendous impact Deputy Solano had on his family, friends and partners throughout the department. I shared in their grief, and struggled with the realization that in the painful days ahead, no amount of comfort could ever fill the void left in our hearts.
“Deputy Solano was known as a kindhearted and generous family man, a provider for his mother and an exemplary father to his children. We are a better Department because of his selfless service. I take comfort knowing the Department is compassionately tending to the needs of the Solano family.
“Please join me in honoring Deputy Solano’s memory and keeping his family in our prayers. We appreciate the outpouring of support from everyone. Thank you.”