The two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies that were ambushed and shot on Saturday evening reportedly are recovering today at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood. Sheriff Alex Villanueva made the announcement on Sunday afternoon.
It looks like they’re going to be able to recover. We’ll see what the long-term impact is. We don’t know that yet, but they survived the worst.
The two deputies were sitting in their patrol car at a Metro station in Compton when a shooter ran up with a handgun and fired into the vehicle multiple times and then ran off. The Metro surveillance cameras captured the incident.
Update: The gunman walked up on the deputies and opened fire without warning or provocation. pic.twitter.com/cBQjyKkoxJ
— LA County Sheriffs (@LASDHQ) September 13, 2020
According to USA Today,
The shooting came hours after hundreds of demonstrators gathered to protest the death of Dijon Kizzee, who was shot by members of the Sheriff’s Department. The department has faced criticism during recent protests over racism and police brutality, but it’s unclear if that was a factor in the shooting.
Both of the deputies graduated from the same academy class and had only been on the job for 14 months. According to Villanueva, “One is a mother of a 6-year-old boy. Her husband is here with them. The other one is a 24-year-old and the parents are here, the girlfriend is here. They are both out of class 437.”
Anti-police protesters gathered outside of St. Francis Medical Center and blocked the emergency entrance of the hospital shouting death wishes for the injured deputies. The Sheriff”s office issued a warning to disperse,
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. People’s lives are at stake when ambulances can’t get through.
One protester was arrested for continuing to block the emergency entry and exit, and a woman who rushed the law enforcement officers. The woman, Josie Huang, a member of the press was arrested for interfering with the arrest of the protester.
President Trump weighed in on the shooting, saying that the murder of a police officer deserves the death penalty. “We also believe that if you murder a police officer you should receive the death penalty.” The president went on to say, “This animal goes up to the car — two unsuspecting fine people. They are fine people. They are in very grave condition as you know. He’s an animal. And I called him an animal, as you know, and I was criticized by people for calling him an animal. They said he’s a human being. He’s not a human being. He’s an animal.”
A $100,000 reward was approved by the L.A. county board of supervisors and has been offered for information leading to the arrest of the shooter.