LOS ANGELES (KTLA) -- An L.A. County Sheriff's deputy who was shot in the face during a fight with a gang member earlier this month was released from the hospital Saturday morning, according to a department captain.

Deputy Mohamed Ahmend is now home although he still must undergo extensive medical treatment after being shot in the face Jan. 11, said Capt. Henry Romero.

According to the Sheriff's Department, Ahmed and his training officer were on patrol in East Los Angeles about 7:15 p.m. when they saw 37-year-old Nestor Torres -- on parole from a felony gun conviction -- acting suspiciously in a parked car at North Brannick Avenue, near Floral Drive in the unincorporated City Terrace area.

When the deputies approached him, a struggle ensued, sheriff's officials said, and Torres shot Ahmed in the face, prompting Ahmed's training deputy to return fire, killing Torres.

Ahmed was admitted to County-USC Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition. Doctors placed wiring in Ahmed's jaw, performed surgery on one eye and inserted a breathing tube into his windpipe.