The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department released a video shortly after two of its deputies were shot on Saturday, September 12, in hopes of identifying the suspect. Anti-police protesters were also caught on video outside the hospital, shouting that they hoped the officers died.
You can watch the shooting video here or both videos later in this post.
The two LASD deputies, a man and a woman, were shot multiple times while sitting in their patrol vehicle outside a train station. They were rushed to a hospital for emergency surgery and remained in critical condition. On September 13, they were in stable condition, according to Fox 11 Los Angeles Reporter Bill Melugin. Undersheriff Tim Murakami confirmed both deputies were still alive at 10 p.m. Saturday. The woman is a 31-year-old mother of a 6-year-old boy and the man is 24. They were both sworn in just 14 months ago, according to Sheriff Alex Villanueva.
The gunman walked up to the patrol car and opened fire with no provocation and no warning, Villanueva said.
Here’s what you need to know:
Video of the Suspect Shows Him Walk Up to the Patrol Car & Open Fire; the Gunman Remains at Large
The LASD has described the attack of the two deputies as an ambush. LA County Sheriffs released video of the incident as police work to identify a suspect.
“Update: The gunman walked up on the deputies and opened fire without warning or provocation,” LA County Sheriffs wrote on Twitter.
The video shows the suspect walk quickly up to the police car, point a gun and fire before running away.
The female deputy was shot through the jaw, applied a tourniquet to the male deputy and called for help on the radio, her family told Melugin.
“NEW: LASD & the families of the two ambushed deputies have given me permission to show this graphic photo of the moment after they were shot. I’m told female deputy was shot through jaw, still radioed for help & applied tourniquet to male deputy’s wounds. Both stable now. @FOXLA,” he wrote on Twitter.
Officials said in a press conference they expect additional cameras captured footage of the shooting and the suspect. You can watch the full press conference here.
“You can get a lot of rounds off in two seconds,” Villanueva said.
A $100,000 reward is being offered for information on the suspect in the shooting. Anyone with information is asked to call 323-890-5500.
The shooting occurred at the Metro Blue Line station at Willowbrook Avenue and Elm Street at about 7:10 p.m. Saturday, September 12, 2020, according to Fox 11.
Melugin also shared the clip of the video on Twitter.
“BREAKING: LASD has given me the okay to show this shortened video of the suspect opening fire on the deputies in this ambush. Before the video starts, the suspect creeps up to vehicle. After it stops, deputy falls out and stumbles. Manhunt still underway,” he wrote.
Officials described the gunman with a very general description given by one of the deputies who was shot. They are working to gather more information. The suspect was described only as “a dark-skinned male,” officials said during the press conference. They added a fisheye lens may have distorted the suspect’s height and weight in the video.
LA County Sheriffs thanked the public for its support Sunday night on Twitter.
“We are humbled in the tremendous outpouring of Love, overwhelming show of support & uplifting words & acts of kindness from the public & our Brothers in Blue, both near & far, for the deputies ambushed in Compton,” they wrote. “We remain steadfast in Fighting the Good Fight.”
Both Deputies Underwent Surgery & Were ‘Fighting for Their Lives’ as the FBI Offered Its Help
While Los Angeles police and other law enforcement agencies hunt for a suspect in the shooting, the two deputies are “fighting for their lives,” according to LA County Sheriffs. The deputies were rushed to a hospital for emergency surgery and remain in critical condition.
“These are real people doing a tough job, and it just shows just the dangers of the job in the blink of an eye,” Villaneuva said at a press conference.
He said the ambush was representative of a growing trend of violence against law enforcement.
“It seems to be part of a trend, a growing trend with suspects opening fire unprovoked,” he said.
Earlier in the week, he said deputies were serving a search warrant when a suspect opened fire at them.
LA County Sheriffs tweeted updates on the shooting throughout the evening.
“Moments ago, 2 of our Sheriff Deputies were shot in Compton and were transported to a local hospital. They are both still fighting for their lives, so please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. We will update this thread with information as it becomes available,” they wrote on Twitter at about 8 p.m.
They later posted an update, writing, “Update: One male deputy and one female deputy were ambushed as they sat in their patrol vehicle. Both sustained multiple gunshot wounds and are in critical condition. They are both currently undergoing surgery. The suspect is still at large.”
The FBI also offered to assist in the investigation.
“FBI Los Angeles has offered resources and stands ready to assist in response to reports of an attack on @lasdhq deputies tonight,” FBI Los Angeles wrote on Twitter.
Anti-Police Protesters Shot Video of Themselves Outside the Hospital, Shouted ‘We Hope They Die’ & Tried to Get Into the Emergency Room
Anti-police protesters blocked an emergency room entrance where the two Los Angeles Sheriff deputies were recovering early Sunday morning. The protesters chanted and shouted, shooting video of themselves in the hospital parking lot. The LA County Sheriff wrote on Twitter the protesters chanted, “We hope they die,” which can also be heard on the video.
Two arrests were made, according to the LASD County Sheriff’s Station Watch Commander, including reporter Josie Huang. Huang was documenting the protests when she was arrested.
The LASD asked protesters to stop blocking the entrance and exit of the emergency room, saying blocking the ambulance entrance and exit is extremely dangerous.
“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,” LA County Sheriffs wrote on Twitter.
Deputies issued a dispersal order for the unlawful assembly blocking the hospital entrance and exits, and a man refused to comply, officials said. As deputies arrested him, a woman went toward the deputies and attempted to interfere, according to the LASD. She was later identified as a member of the press, but LASD said she did not identify herself as press and did not have press credentials on her person.
KTLA identified the woman as Josie Huang, KPCC and LAist reporter. The news outlet said she was covering protests and said she captured audio of the arrest and identified herself as a reporter. She was booked on a charge of obstruction of justice, a misdemeanor, and released from custody within a few hours, KTLA reported. Huang said she was trying to document the arrest, according to LAist, which also said she was wearing press credentials at the time. ABC 7 captured a video of the arrest. Reporters said she rushed up to the scene to see what was going on, and deputies arrested her. A badge can be seen around her neck.
A video protesters recorded outside the St. Francis Hospital shows them chanting “oink oink.”
“Y’all gonna die one by one,” a protester said.
President Donald Trump Shared the Video on Twitter, Writing ‘Animals That Must Be Hit Hard’
President Donald Trump shared the video of the suspect shooting two LASD deputies on Twitter shortly after its release.
“Animals that must be hit hard!” he wrote.
The deputies were members of the Transit Services Bureau, according to Fox 11. Melugin said the deputies were at the Compton PAX station when they were both shot in the head by a male who got off a bus and fled the scene. Their identities were not immediately released. Rumors circulated that one of the deputies had died, but officials confirmed the rumor was false.
Villaneuva said the attack is part of a trend of targeted attacks on law enforcement, including police and sheriff deputies.
“Every week in the nation, someone is losing their life in the line of duty, so this is just another grim reminder of that,” he said. “The two deputies were doing their job, minding their own business, watching out for the safety of the people on the train, and seeing somebody just walking 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.”
He said the department is stretched thin, and they will now be watching out for similar attacks.
“As you can tell we’re stretched,” he said at the press conference, and paused to wait for the sound of nearby sirens to dissipate. “We have the civil unrest and protests in south LA, we have the Bobcat Fire, we have situations in downtown LA. We have a lot different situations going on at the same time. Our deputies are working very long hours these days, and this is just going to add to the things that we have to be alert for. We have to start a buddy system, watching out for each others’ back.”