One of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) deputies attacked Saturday evening was shot in the head and the other was shot in the face, the Los Angeles Times has confirmed.
As USA GAG reported, two deputies were shot as they sat in their patrol car in Compton “without warning or provocation” in an attack captured on video:
LASD deputies have been targeted by Black Lives Matter protests, as well as self-described anarchists and Antifa supporters, since the shooting death of a black man, Dijon Kizzee, earlier this month.
Kizzee allegedly fought with police who tried to pull him over for a bicycle infraction. He allegedly had a gun at the time of the confrontation.
Nightly protests, many of them violent, have taken place outside the LASD facility in South Los Angeles.
Officials said that the two officers were conducting a routine patrol outside an L.A. Metro train station when they were attacked. One of the two victims was able to tell fellow officers that the shooter was a “dark-skinned male.”
LASD Sherrif Alex Villanueva said that the two officers graduated police training together and were sworn in 14 months ago.
He said they were both suffering from “multiple gunshot wounds” and were out of surgery.
The Times confirmed: “Law enforcement sources told The Times at least one of the deputies was shot in the face and the other in the head.”
President Donald Trump condemned the shooting, as have local leaders. Former Vice President Joe Biden later added his own condemnation.
President Trump, who held a rally in Nevada on Saturday night, responded on Twitter after the sheriff’s department tweeted out a grainy video that shows the suspect approaching the parked patrol vehicle and firing shots inside the vehicle’s passenger-side window.
“Animals that must be hit hard!” Trump wrote, referring to criminals who target law enforcement.
An update on the conditions of the two deputies was not immediately available Sunday morning.
Trump later tweeted, “If they die, fast trial death penalty for the killer. Only way to stop this!”
Both deputies were sworn-in just over a year ago and the female deputy is the mother of a 6-year-old boy, officials said in a 10 p.m. news conference. Both of their families were rallying around them at the hospital.
LASD Captain Kent Wegener has said that anyone with information should call the LASD at 323-890-5500.
UPDATE — 3:00 P.M. EST: The Los Angeles Times reports two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies who were shot in an apparent ambush in Compton Saturday evening are out of surgery and expected to survive. Sheriff Alex Villanueva described the condition of the wounded officers as a “double miracle,” according to the newspaper. A $100,000 reward for information leading to arrest of suspect has been issued.
Read USA GAG News’ original report below:
Black Lives Matter (BLM) protesters allegedly blocked the entrance to an emergency room at a Los Angeles hospital early Sunday morning where two police officers were being treated for gunshot wounds after an “ambush”, the sheriff’s office has claimed.
The two deputies suffered multiple gunshot wounds in what appears to have been an unprovoked, close-range attack through the passenger window of their patrol car in Compton on Saturday night, as USA GAG News reported.
The 31-year-old female deputy and 24-year-old male deputy both underwent surgery Saturday evening, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said in a late-night news conference. Both graduated from the academy 14 months ago, he said.
President Donald Trump condemned the shooting, as have local leaders.
Trump retweeted the video early on Sunday and wrote, “Animals that must be hit hard!”
Later, referring to the deputies, Trump tweeted, “If they die, fast trial death penalty for the killer. Only way to stop this!”
Others offered their support for the downed officers.
Protesters later gathered outside St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood where the deputies were being treated, according to social media video and the sheriff’s department.
Footage released to Twitter captured the scene.
Police were quick to respond.
“To the protesters blocking the entrance & exit of the HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOM yelling “We hope they die” referring to 2 LA Sheriff’s ambushed today in #Compton: DO NOT BLOCK EMERGENCY ENTRIES & EXITS TO THE HOSPITAL,” the department wrote on Twitter around midnight local time.
The protesters also reportedly attempted to break into the hospital emergency room.
A radio reporter who was near the protest scene was taken into custody, KABC-TV reported. The sheriff’s department later tweeted the reporter interfered with the arrest of a male protester.
“The female adult, who was later identified as a member of the press, did not identify herself as press and later admitted she did not have proper press credentials on her person,” the department stated.
Capt. Kent Wegener said officers were blanketing the area in search of the suspect seen on the video opening fire with a pistol.
“We have a very, very generic description,” he said.