Los Angeles, CA – Two Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Deputies were shot in an ambush attack while they sat in a patrol car Saturday night, and their would-be killer remains on the run.
The shooting happened at the Metro Blue Line station at Willowbrook and Compton Boulevard at around 7 p.m. Saturday night, according to KABC.
A 31-year-old female deputy and a 24-year-old male deputy were sitting in their patrol car at the transit station.
Surveillance video captured the moment a dark-skinned male in dark clothing walked up to their patrol car and opened fire on them from just a few feet away.
Update: The gunman walked up on the deputies and opened fire without warning or provocation. pic.twitter.com/cBQjyKkoxJ— LA County Sheriffs (@LASDHQ) September 13, 2020
One of the deputies was shot in the face, and the other deputy was shot in the head, according to KTLA.
Authorities say that a fish-eye lens was used by the security camera, and the lens could distort the suspect’s height.
The deputies were able to radio for help after they were shot.
They were transported to the hospital and underwent emergency surgery. The deputies remain in critical condition.
Both deputies were sworn in only 14 months ago.
The female deputy is married with a 6-year-old son.
The male deputy’s parents and girlfriend were visiting him at the hospital.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva called the would-be assassin a coward at a press conference Saturday night.
“That was a cowardly act,” the sheriff said. “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 sheriff said.
“They just graduated, and in fact, I swore them into office just 14 months ago,” Sheriff Villanueva added. “These are real people doing a tough job, and it just shows the dangers of the job, in the blink of an eye.”
Anybody with information on the suspect is being asked to call authorities.