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2 Los Angeles County deputies are ‘fighting for their lives’ after being shot in Compton

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2 Los Angeles County deputies are ‘fighting for their lives’ after being shot in Compton

7News Miami

(CNN) — The two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies who were shot and critically injured Saturday night are out of surgery, according to a LACSD spokesperson.

The deputies, one male and one female, were “ambushed” as they sat in their vehicle, police said.

Sheriff Alex Villanueva said at a press conference Saturday night that the shooting in Compton was done “in a cowardly fashion” and that both deputies were being treated at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood.

Capt. Kent Wegener said the shooting happened at 7 p.m. Wegener said the suspect approached from behind the deputies’ vehicle and walked along the passenger side. He acted as if he was going to walk past the car, raised a pistol and shot multiple times hitting both deputies, Wegener said.

Video of the incident, tweeted by the LASD, appears to show an individual in dark clothing walking up to the deputies’ car, firing a gun into it and running away.

The two officers — a 31-year-old mother and a 24-year-old man — were taken to a local hospital and are “both still fighting for their lives,” LASD said. Both deputies were sworn in 14 months ago, Villanueva said.

“This is just a somber reminder that this is a dangerous job, and actions and words have consequences. Our job does not get any easier because people do not like law enforcement,” Villanueva said. “It pisses me off, it dismays me at the same time. There’s no pretty way to say it.”

Full story https://wsvn.com/news/us-world/2-los-angeles-county-deputies-are-out-of-surgery-after-ambush-shooting-in-compton/