A gunman ambushed and shot two LA county sheriff’s deputies on Saturday night. The 31-year-old female deputy and 24-year-old male deputy are currently in critical condition and receiving treatment at an area hospital following the unprovoked attack.
President Trump responded to the news on Sunday morning, calling for the death penalty for the shooter. “If they die, fast trial death penalty for the killer,” Trump tweeted. “Only way to stop this!”
Animals that must be hit hard! https://t.co/zrOd9ZUl8o
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 13, 2020
The suspect is still at large at the time of this publication.
“It pisses me off,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Saturday night after the shooting. “This was a cowardly act.”
Video footage shows an unidentified individual holding a firearm walking up to a patrol car parked in Compton and firing several shots through the vehicle’s window. The footage shows the individual sprinting away and cuts off just as one of the deputies opens their door.
The LA county sheriff’s office tweeted that the two officers are “fighting for their lives” after the ambush. Though the altercation was initiated by the gunman and not the police, protesters still gathered outside St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood to hurl insults at the fallen officers.
“To their family: I hope they f**king die,” screamed one protester. Other protesters blocked the emergency entrance of the hospital, and two were arrested for refusing to comply with requests to disperse the unlawful assembly.