Manhunt Underway After Two L.A. Sheriff's Deputies Shot in Patrol Vehicle
Two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were left fighting for their lives after an ambush that was captured on surveillance video this weekend.
The ambush occurred Saturday night near the Compton Blue Line station. The two deputies were parked in their vehicle when an unknown assailant walked up to the passenger side and fired a gun, critically wounding both deputies.
The two deputies have only been on the job for 14 months. One is a 24-year-old man and the other is a 31-year-old female with a young child.
“These are real people doing a tough job,” Sheriff Alex Villanueva said, as quoted by the Los Angeles Times, “and it just shows just the dangers of the job, in the blink of an eye.” He said the two are expected to survive.
Authorities are still looking for the suspect. Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger has offered a $100,000 reward for information. LASD has described the suspect as a black male between the ages of 28 and 30.
The shooting comes at a strained time for the LASD and police departments across the nation. In addition to nationwide protests sparked by high profile police shootings in Minnesota, Georgia, and Wisconsin, LASD is under fire for the fatal shooting of 29-year-old Dijon Kizzee on August 31.
Protests over Kizzee’s death took place the same day that the two deputies were shot. LASD officials report that some protesters even tried blocking the entrance to the hospital following the ambush, shouting “We hope you die!”. As the deputies were transported, a reporter with KPCC, Josie Hiang, was arrested by deputies, sparking a brand new controversy for LASD.
Read more about the shooting and the deputies' condition here.