Los Angeles sheriffs deputies shooting ambushed in a patrol car as search continues for gunman who fired the shots
Manhunt underway for shooter after 2 deputies ambushed in Los Angeles
Los Angeles Sheriff Deputy Shooting
The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department released a video shortly after two of its deputies were shot on Saturday, September 12, in hopes of identifying the suspect. Anti-police protesters were also caught on video outside the hospital, shouting that they hoped the officers died.
LOS ANGELES — Authorities were searching Sunday for the gunman who shot two sheriff’s deputies in an apparent ambush, hours after hundreds of demonstrators gathered to protest the shooting death of Dijon Kizzee by members of the Sheriff’s Department.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva expressed frustration over anti-police sentiment and urged people to pray for the officers.
“It pisses me off,” he said of the shooting. “This was a cowardly act.”
The Sheriff’s Department released video that shows someone walking up to a patrol car parked near a Metro station in Compton about 7 p.m. Saturday. The person opens fire and runs from the scene. Villanueva said the deputies, a 31-year-old female and a 24-year-old male, were shot multiple times but able to radio for help.
Both were hospitalized in critical condition at St. Francis Medical Center.
“They performed in an admirable fashion in spite of grave adversity,” Villanueva said Sunday during a conversation with local religious leaders. “God bless them, it looks like they’re going to be able to recover.”
Villanueva’s press conference at the hospital a few hours later drew more protests.
The department tweeted: “To the protesters blocking the entrance & exit of the HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOM yelling ‘We hope they die’ referring to 2 LA Sheriff’s ambushed today in #Compton: DO NOT BLOCK EMERGENCY ENTRIES & EXITS TO THE HOSPITAL. People’s lives are at stake when ambulances can’t get through.”
ABC7 showing video of radio reporter being taken down to the pavement by officers, handcuffed and led to a patrol car outside of hospital where two #LA County deputies shot in ambush are being treated @LASDHQ #crime #SoCal pic.twitter.com/rTg1UdeDKA
— Scott Schwebke (@TheChalkOutline) September 13, 2020
President Donald Trump posted the video from the shooting on Twitter, commenting: “Animals that must be hit hard!”
Both the wounded deputies graduated from the academy 14 months ago, Villanueva said. Sheriff’s Capt. Kent Wegener said officers were blanketing the area in search of the suspect.
“We have a very, very generic description,” he said.
Video shows Kizzee running from deputies: Was he killed ‘in cold blood?’
Hours earlier, at least 200 people gathered to protest the fatal shooting of Kizzee, a Black man who was riding a bicycle when deputies attempted to stop him for an unspecified code violation. The Sheriff’s Department said in a statement that Kizzee abandoned the bike and fled on foot when he saw a sheriff’s cruiser make a U-turn and head toward him.
When the deputies encountered him a few blocks away, the department said, Kizzee punched a deputy in the face. A black semiautomatic handgun fell to the ground when Kizzee dropped his jacket. Thinking he was reaching for the gun, deputies fired, according to the statement.