UPDATED 8:10 AM PT – Tuesday, September 15, 2020
An investigation is underway to track down a suspect caught on surveillance footage shooting two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies in their patrol car in Compton.
According to Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, the two officers are expected to recover. However, they are still in critical condition with authorities calling their recovery “a double miracle.”
In a twitter statement, the FBI in Los Angeles offered their resources and said officials stand ready 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 (@FBILosAngeles) September 13, 2020
The shooting happened Saturday night when alone gunman approached the deputies in their patrol car, opening fire without provocation.
One of the victims is a 31-year old law enforcement officer who is also the mother of a 6-year-old boy. She was shot in the jaw and arms. The officer reportedly called for help and rendered assistance to other victims until medical assistance arrived.
The second victim has been identified as her 24-year-old partner who suffered wounds in the forehead, arms and one of his hands.
The description of the suspect is vague, but grainy surveillance footage shows he’s a black male around 28-to-30 years old. He was last seen wearing dark clothing and driving a black four-door sedan at the time of the incident.
On Sunday, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced they are offering a $200,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of the suspect.
The reaction to the violence in the community has infuriated conservatives and law enforcement advocates across the nation. A mob of rioters gathered at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood where the officers were undergoing surgery. Some were heard yelling “we hope they die” as they crowded the emergency entrances of the hospital.
The sheriff’s department declared the protest an unlawful assembly and tweeted a warning to those gathering early Sunday to stop blocking ambulances. Multiple rioters were arrested for failing to comply with commands from deputies.
Additionally, video footage of a witness appearing to celebrate the ambush shooting to the incident went viral Sunday sparking more outrage.
Sheriff Villanueva called the ambush a “cowardly attack,” which is a statement echoed by President Trump and his son Don Jr. who both took to Twitter demanding swift justice for the shooter.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 14, 2020
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department posted a message of gratitude for “the tremendous outpouring of love, overwhelming show of support, uplifting words and acts of kindness from the public” as the investigation remains ongoing.