Two rookie LA Sheriff’s Deputies Shot in Ambush Attack – Suspects at Large

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Two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies are in critical condition after being shot in what authorities describe as an ambush attack Saturday night. Both deputies are fighting for their lives after being shot in the head, and the gunman remains at large.

A massive manhunt is underway to catch the shooter. Both deputies were sitting in their patrol car outside the Metro Blue Line station in Compton Saturday when a man ran up and shot them several times at close quarters. The attack was caught on camera and released to the public. The shooting follows days of tense interaction between the sheriff’s department and demonstrators protesting a deputy shooting of a black cyclist. It also comes amid heightened tensions between law enforcement and demonstrators across the country. President Donald Trump weighed in on Saturday night’s shooting via Twitter. He tweeted the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department of video of the ambush shooting and commented, “Animals that must be hit hard!”

Video of the attack, which was reported about 7:10 p.m. at the Metro station at Willowbrook Avenue and Oak Street, shows an unidentified male shooter open fire on the passenger side of the patrol vehicle, leaving both the male and female deputy with head wounds.

According to Sheriff Alex Villanueva one of the deputies fighting for her life is a 31-year-old mother of a 6-year-old boy, and the other as a 24-year-old man. Both deputies were sworn in just 14 months ago.

Villanueva called the shooting “cowardly,” adding that it “pisses him off,” and that the wounded deputies radioed for help after the shooting.

“These are real people doing a tough job, and it just shows the dangers of the job,” said Villanueva.

Both deputies made it through surgery.

The suspect was described as a dark-skinned male.

At 7:51 p.m. Sheriff’s Headquarters tweeted, “Moments ago, 2 of our Sheriff Deputies were shot in Compton and were transported to a local hospital. They are both still fighting for their lives, so please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. We will update this thread with information as it becomes available.”

Assemblyman Reginald Jones-Sawyer, Sr., (D-South Los Angeles), joined Villanueva in denouncing the shooter.

“This was an unprovoked cowardly act,” he said “The individual will be caught, and justice will prevail.”

He called for the community to come together in prayer.

“Tonight we must as a community condemn the act of the perpetrator,” he said. “More importantly we must come together and pray for the officers because they are heroes.”

The FBI has joined the investigation, and the Los Angeles Police Department issued a statement expressing solidarity with the sheriff’s department.

“We stand with our brothers and sisters at the @LASDHQ tonight. The thoughts and prayers of the men and women of the LAPD, are with the two deputies that were ambushed while sitting in their vehicle earlier this evening.”