Two law enforcement officials are in critical condition and a suspect is at large after the officers were shot in their patrol vehicle in Compton, California on Saturday, according to media reports.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office posted moments after the shooting what appears to be security footage of the incident on their Twitter page, saying that one male deputy and one female deputy were “ambushed” and are going through surgery after sustaining “multiple gunshot wounds.”
The incident happened around 7 p.m. PDT at the corner of Willowbrook Avenue and Compton Boulevard in front of a metro station, KABC-TV in Los Angeles reports.
The video posted to Twitter shows an individual walking up to the police vehicle and motioning his arms toward the front passenger window before turning to their left and running away.
While the deputies’ names have not been disclosed at this time, it has been revealed that one is a 24-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman, who is the mother of a six-year-old.
The local news outlet reports that both victims had become deputies just 14 months prior to the incident.
In a press conference, authorities revealed that one of the deputies was able to give a “very generic suspect description” of a “dark skin male,” but no other details were provided.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva spoke at the press conference, calling the shooting “a cowardly act.”
“The two deputies were doing their job, minding their own business, watching out for the safety of the people on the train,” Villanueva stated. “To see somebody just walk up and start shooting on them. It pisses me off. It dismays me at the same time. There’s no pretty way to say it.”
President Donald Trump weighed in on the situation on Twitter, writing “Animals that must be hit hard” in one post.
The president also retweeted a request for prayer for the officers from his son, Donald Trump, Jr., saying: “If they die, fast trial death penalty for the killer. Only way to stop this!”
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