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LA Sheriffs: 2 Deputies Shot, ‘Fighting For Their Lives’ After Compton Ambush
September 12, 2020 at 11:24 pm

COMPTON (CBSLA) — Two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies, who work for the Transit Services Bureau, were shot at the Metro Blue Line station at Willowbrook Avenue and Elm Street in Compton on Saturday night, authorities said.

The shooting happened just before 7 p.m. and officials were still searching for the suspect as of 11:20 p.m.

The LASD said the shooter ambushed a male and female deputy as they sat in their patrol vehicle.

A security video of the incident captured by an MTA camera was released within two hours of the shooting. According to the sheriff’s department, “the gunman walked up on the deputies and opened fire without warning or provocation.”

The sheriff’s department said the shooter walked along the passenger side of the patrol vehicle as if he was going to pass it, but opened fire through the window instead. The suspect then fled on foot and out of view.

“To see somebody just walk up and start shooting on them. It pisses me off,” said LASD Sheriff Alex Villanueva in a press conference Saturday night.

The deputies — who were both graduates of Class 437 and sworn into office about 14 months ago — were able to radio for help and get rushed to the hospital for treatment. They were identified as a 31-year-old mother of a 6-year-old boy and a 24-year-old man.

Both deputies had multiple gunshot wounds and were in critical condition. They were transported to St. Francis Medical Center for surgery and met by family and loved ones there, according to the sheriff’s department.

LASD said in a tweet that the deputies were “fighting for their lives.”

Due to the investigation, train service on the Metro Blue Line was suspended between Artesia & Willowbrook/Rosa Parks through close of service Saturday. Commuters are asked to use Metro Bus 55 or bus shuttles to complete your trip.

FBI Los Angeles said shortly after the shooting that is offering resources and is ready to step in to assist local authorities.

President Donald Trump also weighed in on the incident, re-tweeting the surveillance video and saying, “Animals that must be hit hard!”

According to the LASD, one of the deputies who was shot said that the suspect was a “dark-skinned male” but no other information was immediately available about the shooter’s identity.

Compton Mayor Aja Brown said in a statement, “I am devastated to learn of the tragedy that occurred in our city tonight. Both deputies and their families will remain in our prayers. The city will be working with the sheriff’s department as they search to apprehend the individual responsible for this act of violence.”

Fourteen homicide investigators were canvassing the scene to get more information about the shooting, and other authorities said they are hoping to get additional surveillance video evidence as well.

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Anti-Police Protesters Yell ‘We Hope They Die’ Outside Hospital Where Wounded Deputies Were Taken

September 13, 2020 at 9:54 am

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – After two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were wounded in an unprovoked ambush-style shooting in Compton, an anti-police protest unfolded outside the hospital where both were taken for treatment.

Deputies responded to St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, Calif. on Saturday evening where protesters converged outside of the emergency room with some yelling, “We hope they die.”

“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 sheriff’s department tweeted. “People’s lives are at stake when ambulances can’t get through.”

As deputies issued a dispersal order to the protesters, who were blocking the hospital emergency entrance and exits, one of the male protesters refused to comply and cooperate, according to deputies.

“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,” the sheriff’s department tweeted.

“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 further said via Twitter.

Both individuals were arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest. The female has since been released from custody, as of Sunday.
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