LA Sheriff's Dept. Offers $100K Reward in Search for Man Who Shot 2 Deputies in Ambush-Style Attack

By , KNX 1070

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Sunday announced a $100,000 reward in the search the suspect who shot and injured two deputies in an apparent ambush caught on video.

Both deputies are out of surgery and are now in stable condition after the gunman approached their patrol outside of a train station in Compton and opened fire unprovoked.

The female deputy was shot in the jaw and arms. The male deputy was shot in the forehead, arm, and hand.

The attack took place at 7:00 p.m. Saturday night at the Metro A (Blue) Line station at Willowbrook Avenue and Palmer Street, Sheriff Alex Villanueva told reporters.

Surveillance video released showed what appeared to be a male, described as dark-skinned, approaching the patrol vehicle and walking as if he was going to continue past the vehicle before turning, walking up to the passenger side and firing, then running back the way he came.

"Two deputies were ambushed in a cowardly fashion," Villanueva said. The shooting was without warning or provocation. "It pisses me off and it dismays me."

The sheriff's department launched an overnight manhunt for the suspect, going door-to-door in some parts of the Compton area.

"I am devastated to learn of the tragedy that occurred in our city tonight," Compton Mayor Aja Brown said Saturday, in an official social media statement pledging the City's cooperation with the sheriff's department to track down the shooter. "Both deputies and their families will remain in our prayers."

The wounded deputies managed to radio for help said sheriff's Capt. Kent Wegener, who was leading the investigation. Responding deputies rushed their wounded colleagues to St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, where they underwent surgery overnight.

Both were out of surgery as of Sunday morning. Both were reportedly shot in the head.

The deputies were described as a 31-year-old mother of a 6-year-old boy whose husband was at the hospital. And a 24-year-old man whose parents and girlfriend were also at the hospital, Villanueva said. The sheriff said he swore-in both deputies himself 14 months ago.

"Once a week, an officer is felled by the felonious act of another person. This is just a grim reminder of that," the sheriff said. "Actions, words have consequences and our job is not getting any easier because people don't like law enforcement."

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti tweeted, "Sending prayers of healing to the @LASDHQ deputies shot in a horrific attack near the Blue Line in the City of Compton. Deputies across the county bravely work to keep our communities and Metro riders safe. We strongly condemn this cowardly ambush & stand prepared to offer aid."

Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore also shared his thoughts in a tweet late Saturday.

"Tonight we pray for these two guardians to survive," Moore wrote. "I recognize and acknowledge we live in troubled times. But we must, as a community, work thru our differences while loudly and resoundingly condemning violence. Blessed are the Peacemakers."

Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, tweeted, "Thank God both deputies made it through surgery and are now in critical but stable condition. Our thoughts and prayers for them and their families will continue to be amplified. Lawlessness of this sort cannot be tolerated. Let the perpetrator be swiftly and properly apprehended."

President Donald Trump retweeted the shooting video and wrote, "Animals that must be hit hard!"

The sheriff's department said protesters had temporarily blocked St. Francis Hospital's emergency room entrance, quoting one phrase shouted out as "We hope they die.

The local CBS affiliate confirmed the confrontation between the LASD and protesters, which led to the temporary closure of streets around the hospital.

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