Los Angeles, California – Two sheriff’s officers were shot during an ambush while inside a patrol in the city of Compton, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) reported.
The incident occurred at 7:00 pm near the Blue Line Metro station, located between Willowbrook Avenue and Oak Street in Compton. ” Two of our sheriffs were shot in Compton and taken to a local hospital. They are both still fighting for their lives, so keep them in your thoughts and prayers,” according to LASD.
The sheriff’s deputies “were ambushed while sitting in their patrol vehicle. Both suffered multiple gunshot wounds and are in critical condition. The two deputies are currently undergoing surgery,” the LASD reported.
In an email sent to the members of the Metro board of directors, it was reported that ” two LASD agents working in the Office of Transit Services were shot, one in the head and the other in the mouth in front of the MLK Center in Compton PAX. Both were taken to a hospital and are currently in surgery. ”
During a press conference, Sheriff Alex Villanueva described the two injured officers as a 31-year-old mother of a 6-year-old boy, and the other as a 24-year-old man, both sworn in just 14 months ago. Villanueva called the shooting “cowardly.” The injured officers managed to radio for help after the shooting.
Authorities are still searching for the suspect who was described as a dark-skinned man. The FBI announced that it has offered resources to help find the gunman.
Anyone with information was asked to call detectives at 323-890-5500.
The Metro announced that there will be no A (Blue) Line service between Artesia Boulevard and Willowbrook Avenue / Rosa Parks for the remainder of the night due to the shooting of two Sheriff’s Transit Services officers. Passengers must use Metro Bus 55 or shuttle buses.
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.
— LA County Sheriffs (@LASDHQ) September 13, 2020