A gunman shot and critically wounded two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies as they sat of their patrol automobile late on Saturday in an assault that was captured on video.
Footage of the incident launched by the sheriff’s division confirmed the suspect approaching the parked car on foot within the metropolis of Compton and firing with a handgun by way of the passenger facet window earlier than operating away.
“The gunman walked up on the deputies and opened fire without warning or provocation,” the division stated on Twitter.
One male deputy and one feminine deputy sustained a number of gunshot wounds and had been in important situation present process surgical procedure in a single day, it stated. The suspect stays at massive.
“At this point we have a very, very generic description of a dark-skinned male and that came from one of the victims,” Captain Kent Wegener instructed a information convention.
The footage of the assault was recorded by a safety digital camera on a close-by Metro station, police stated.
President Donald Trump retweeted the video early on Sunday and wrote: “Animals that must be hit hard!” Later, referring to the deputies, Trump tweeted: “If they die, fast trial death penalty for the killer. Only way to stop this!”
A number of demonstrators gathered in a single day exterior St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood the place the deputies had been being handled, in accordance with social media video and the sheriff’s division.
“To the protesters blocking the entrance & exit of the HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOM yelling “We hope they die” referring to 2 LA Sheriff’s ambushed at the moment in #Compton: DO NOT BLOCK EMERGENCY ENTRIES & EXITS TO THE HOSPITAL,” the division wrote on Twitter round midnight PDT.
It stated two folks had been later arrested — a person who “refused to comply & cooperate” and a reporter for NPR station KPCC, Josie Huang.
The division stated the reporter didn’t establish herself as a member of the press, however Huang stated she was sporting her press tags your entire time and shouting that she was a reporter.
“I’m a reporter,” she stated on a video she launched on Twitter. “I’m with KPCC.”
Later she shouted: “You guys are hurting me.” Huang stated she was launched from county jail on Sunday morning. Reuters