“One male deputy and one female deputy were ambushed as they sat in their patrol vehicle,” a sheriff’s department tweet read. “Both sustained multiple gunshot wounds and are in critical condition. They are both currently undergoing surgery. The suspect is still at large.”
Sheriff Alex Villanueva said at a press conference Saturday night that the shooting in Compton was done “in a cowardly fashion” and that both deputies were being treated at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood.
Capt. Kent Wegener said the shooting took place at 7 p.m. Wegener said the suspect approached from behind the deputies’ vehicle and walked along the passenger side. He acted as if he was going to walk past the car, raised a pistol and shot multiple times hitting both deputies, Wegener said.
The two officers — a 31-year-old mother and 24-year-old — were taken to a local hospital and are “both still fighting for their lives,” LASD said. Both deputies were sworn in 14 months ago, Villanueva said.
“This is just a somber reminder that this is a dangerous job, and actions and words have consequences. Our job does not get any easier because people do not like law enforcement,” Villanueva said. “It pisses me off, it dismays me at the same time. There’s no pretty way to say it.”
“Every day, law enforcement officers put themselves at risk to protect our community,” his tweet read. “I hope the perpetrator of this cowardly attack can be quickly brought to justice.”
Reporter, protester arrested
A reporter and a protester were arrested and charged with resisting arrest outside the hospital, the LASD tweeted.
Deputies issued a dispersal order for “the unlawful assembly of a group of protesters” who were blocking the hospital emergency entrance and exits, but “a male adult protester refused to comply,” said a tweet.
“During his arrest, a struggle ensued at which time a female adult ran towards the deputies, ignored repeated commands to stay back as they struggled with the male and interfered with the arrest,” a LASD tweet said.
“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,” said a tweet.