The suspect right as he opens fire on the deputies. Screen grab from youtube.
Two Los Angeles sheriff’s deputies from the Transit Services Bureau were ambushed outside of the MLK Transit Center in Compton, California, at approximately 7 p.m. Saturday. Both officers were shot multiple times and are in critical condition, according to an LA County Sheriff’s press release.
“This is just a somber reminder that this is a dangerous job and actions, words have consequences, and our job does not get any easier because people don’t like law enforcement,” Sheriff Alejandro Villanueva said during a press conference following the ambush. “It’s going to be a challenge day after day — however, the sheriff’s department will never be deterred in keeping our passengers safe on the MTA lines, keeping our community safe — we are committed to that.”
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
Misinformation about the gruesome ambush on the two deputies has been spreading on social media. Here is what we know so far:
It’s how I remember it — like being tossed around in the ocean and then slammed into rock pic.twitter.com/G3rfCR1NiI
— Josie Huang (@josie_huang) September 14, 2020
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Despite being shot multiple times, including the face, the officers were still able to radio out and provide care. You see the female deputy apply a TQ to her partners arm while remaining vigilant. Stay in the fight! Recover well!
This is a developing story, and the investigation is still ongoing.
Joshua Skovlund is a former staff writer for Coffee or Die. He covered the 75th anniversary of D-Day in France, multinational military exercises in Germany, and civil unrest during the 2020 riots in Minneapolis. Born and raised in small-town South Dakota, he grew up playing football and soccer before serving as a forward observer in the US Army. After leaving the service, he worked as a personal trainer while earning his paramedic license. After five years as in paramedicine, he transitioned to a career in multimedia journalism. Joshua is married with two children.
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