Coverage of a fatal shooting at Los Angeles International Airport

Slain TSA Officer Died of Multiple Gunshot Wounds: Autopsy Report

Gerardo Hernandez was killed in the line of duty during the shooting rampage at LAX Airport.

By Kyler Jae
|  Sunday, Nov 3, 2013  |  Updated 4:11 PM PDT
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Slain TSA Officer Was One Week From 40th Birthday

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A neighbor confirms to NBC4 that the smiling man in this Facebook photo is Gerardo I. Hernandez, 39, of Porter Ranch, who was shot and killed Nov. 1, 2013, while working as a TSA security officer at Los Angeles International Airport.

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Slain TSA Officer Was One Week From 40th Birthday

The Southern California TSA officer who was shot and killed while on duty in LAX was the first to die in the line of duty. His wife says he took pride in his work and enjoyed meeting travelers from around the world every day on the job. He would have turned 40 years old next week. Jane Yamamoto reports for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013.
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The autopsy of the TSA officer shot to death during the LAX shooting rampage concluded Saturday and cited multiple gunshot wounds as his cause of death, authorities said.

Gerardo Hernandez, 39, of Porter Ranch, died at 11 a.m. Nov. 1 at Harbor UCLA Medical Center, less than two hours after a lone gunman opened fire in the airport, Lieutenant Cheryl MacWillie of the LA County Department of Coroner told NBC4.

Hernandez, originally from El Salvador, was a week away from his 40th birthday, said his wife, Ana.

"I am truly devastated," she said. "We are all heartbroken. We will miss him dearly."

Hernandez, the first TSA officer killed in the line of duty, is survived by his wife and two children.

The 23-year-old man suspected of killing Hernandez and shooting four others remains unconcious in the hospital with four gunshot wounds, according to authorities. The suspected gunman, Paul Anthony Ciancia will be charged with murder of a federal officer in connection with the LAX shooting.

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