Two Cops "Fighting For Their Lives" After "Cowardly" Suspect Opened Fire In An "Ambush"

Two Cops "Fighting For Their Lives" After "Cowardly" Suspect Opened Fire In An "Ambush"

The  Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors authorized a $100,000 reward for information about the gunman.

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A manhunt on Sunday morning in California by two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies ended rather tragically after the cops were shot in their patrol car Saturday by a suspect who “opened fire without warning or provocation,” authorities said, as per Fox News. The deputies, a 24-year-old man, and a 31-year-old woman were said to be in a critical condition, “fighting for their lives” while they were taken into surgery. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, the attack occurred around 7 p.m. local time outside a Metro rail station in Compton, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.


"Moments ago, 2 of our Sheriff Deputies were shot in Compton and were transported to a local hospital," the department tweeted. "They are both still fighting for their lives, so please keep them in your thoughts and prayers." As per ABC News, "That was a cowardly act," Sheriff Alex Villanueva said during a news conference on Saturday night. "The two deputies were doing their job, minding their own business, watching out for the safety of the people on the train. 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." 


The 31-year-old cop is the mother of a 6-year-old. She was shot in the jaw and arms and is listed in critical but stable condition, according to the senior sheriff's officials. Her 24-year-old partner suffered gunshot wounds to his forehead, arms, and a hand, but was alert, the official said. Villanueva added that he swore in both deputies as members of the sheriff's department 14 months ago. On Sunday, the  Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors authorized a $100,000 reward for information about the gunman who is still on the loose. Surveillance video by the sheriff's department showed the suspect in black shorts, a dark jacket, with a pistol in his hand.


The suspect then walked up to the patrol vehicle and open fire without warning through the passenger-side window. Authorities believe that the shooter is a Black male between 28 to 30 years. When the injured officers were rushed to surgery, at St. Francis Medical Center, several sheriff's deputies and officials stood vigil outside the hospital. A handful of anti-police protestors also showed up outside the hospital. The L.A. County Sheriff's Department then posted an update overnight confirming that an unlawful assembly blocked the entrance and exit to the area hospital emergency room. Two arrests were made; a female member of the press along with an adult male.


"After deputies issued a dispersal order for the unlawful assembly of a group of protesters blocking the hospital emergency entrance & exits, a male adult protester refused to comply & cooperate," the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in 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. 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. Both individuals have been arrested."


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