Authorities announced a $ 100,000 reward Sunday in connection with the search for a suspect who was seen on videoin an obvious ambush, reports CBS Los Angeles.
Deputies were shot several times while sitting in their patrol vehicle at a subway station in Compton, south of Los Angeles. Without provocation, video surveillance showed that the suspect approached the patrol car and then escaped open fire. He is described only as a dark-skinned man between the ages of 28-30, dressed in dark clothing. The deputies managed to help on the radio.
Both victims underwent surgery on Saturday night. They were identified as a 31
“One is the mother of a 6-year-old boy. Her husband is here with them. The other is 24 years old and his parents are here, his girlfriend is here. They are both out of class 437,” Sheriff Alex Villanueva told a news conference. both have graduated from the academy recently.
“Actually, I swore in them 14 months ago,” he said, adding that “these are real people doing hard work and it just shows the dangers of working in the blink of an eye.” Villanueva said the attack took place in a “cowardly way”.
Shortly after the shooting, the department released an online video to monitor the shooting online:
Both deputies were rushed to St. Francis Medical Center in Linwood after the shooting. Protesters gathered outside the emergency department. There were two arrests, including that of a radio reporter. Deputies say she did not have the appropriate authority. She was released a few hours later.
Anyone with information about the suspect or this crime is encouraged to contact the authorities at (323) 890-5500. Anonymous tips can be left for LA Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477) or online.