According to a witness, one protester attempted to break into the ER.
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Update: According to CBS Los Angeles, the deputies are alive and have had surgery. Homicide detectives are canvassing the scene where they were shot. Anyone with information asked to call sheriffs at (323) 890-5500.
#Compton shooting update: Both deputies are alive and have had surgery. Homicide detectives are canvassing the scene where they were shot. Anyone with information asked to call sheriffs at (323) 890-5500. https://t.co/RfYTwIFV8Y
— CBS Los Angeles (@CBSLA) September 13, 2020
Two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies are fighting for their lives after a Saturday night ambush at a train station in Compton, California.
The officers, a man and a woman, were both shot multiple times after a suspect walked up to their parked patrol car and fired at close range, according to the LA County Sheriffs Department, which tweeted “The gunman walked up on the deputies and opened fire without warning or provocation.”
Update: One male deputy and one female deputy were ambushed as they sat in their patrol vehicle. Both sustained multiple gunshot wounds and are in critical condition. They are both currently undergoing surgery. The suspect is still at large.
— LA County Sheriffs (@LASDHQ) September 13, 2020
In a Saturday night news conference, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said that the two had graduated from the sheriff’s training academy approximately 14 months ago. The female officer, 31, is the mother of a six-year-old boy, while the other officer is 24-years-old. At least one of them was able to radio for help, after which they were taken to nearby St. Francis Medical Center where they underwent surgery, according to NBC News.
Deputy Morgan Arteaga said the attack was reported about 7 p.m. at a train station in the city of Compton. The sheriff’s department has a unit that patrols Los Angeles Metro trains; it’s also contracted to police that city.
“They are still alive,” Arteaga said.
The Metro Blue Line train station where Deputy Eric Ortiz said the attack took place is near the sheriff’s Compton Station.
The department also tweeted: “They are both still fighting for their lives, so please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.” –NBC News
According to the report, the FBI offered to assist the sheriff’s department in the manhunt for the suspect.
“This is just a sober reminder it’s a dangerous job,” said Villanueva. “Actions, words have consequence. And our job does not get any easier because people don’t like law enforcement.”
Animals that must be hit hard! https://t.co/zrOd9ZUl8o
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 13, 2020
Meanwhile, anti-police protesters have reportedly shown up to the hospital where the officers are being treated, with an unconfirmed report that some had attempted to gain entry to the building.
NEW: LASD tells me a small group of protesters has shown up to the hospital the ambushed deputies are being treated at. @FOXLA
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) September 13, 2020