Detectives in Los Angeles who are investigating the attempted murder of two of their officers have charged a man.
The two officers, one a female the other a male, were sat in their patrol vehicle when a man ran up to their window and shot them several times before running away and leaving the officers for dead.
Miraculously, both officers survived despite being shot in the head, torso and arm. They have both been discharged from hospital but now face months of on-going treatment, including reconstructive surgery.
After both being shot, the officers were able to exit their vehicle and call for back-up. Owing to the injuries to her face, the female officer was not able to speak properly as she tried to radio for help.
Despite her severe injuries, the female officer also saved her colleagues life by using a tourniquet on his wounds which prevented him from bleeding to death.
Prosecutors confirmed that Deonte Lee Murray, 36, a local gang member, was already in custody for unrelated carjacking charges when informants provided officers with information regarding his involvement in the shooting.
Footage of the brutal attack, which was described by police as an ambush, caused an international outcry as a video of the two officers in the immediate aftermath of the shooting was shared on social media.
In a statement, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said Deonte Lee Murray had been charged with two counts of attempted murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
He had been in custody since his arrest on 15 September for the carjacking charges, the statement said. The shooting took place on 12th September.
Following Wednesday’s court appearance, Mr Murray was remanded in prison with bail set at $6.15m (£4.7m) and is due back in court in November.
Neither officer has been named but have been described as a 31-year-old mother of one and a 24-year-old man.
Immediately after the incident, President Donald Trump shared footage of the incident and tweeted: “Animals that must be hit hard.” Mr Biden said that the “cold-blooded” shooting was unconscionable and “the perpetrator must be brought to justice”.
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