Shocking footage has been shared by the LA County Sheriff’s Office of the moment when a lone gunman walks up to a marked police patrol vehicle before shooting two deputies at point-blank range. After shooting both of the officers, then gunman ran away from the scene.
Both deputies, a male and a female, are currently in a critical condition having undergone emergency surgery through the night.
The shocking incident unfolded yesterday evening (12th September) in Compton, LA, as the two officers sat in their patrol vehicle.
In the footage, captured by CCTV, which has been shared by the LA County Sheriff’s office on Twitter, a lone shooter can be seen to walk up to the officer’s car before shooting both of the officers multiple times. Neither officer had any chance to defend themselves against the cowardly attack.
The footage then shows the suspect running away from the scene, leaving both of the officers for dead.
The two deputies were rushed to a nearby hospital for urgent treatment. The gunman is still at large.
Groups of protesters made their way to the hospital and are reported as shouting “we hope they die” (referring to the two deputies) as they blocked emergency ambulances from arriving and leaving the hospital.
A spokesperson for the LA County Sheriff’s Office said:
‘After deputies issued a dispersal order for the unlawful assembly of a group of protesters blocking the hospital emergency entrance & exits, a male adult protester refused to comply & cooperate.
‘During his arrest, a struggle ensued at which time a female adult ran towards the deputies, ignored repeated commands to stay back as they struggled with the male and interfered with the arrest.
‘The female adult, who was later identified as a member of the press, did not identify herself as press and later admitted she did not have proper press credentials on her person. Both individuals have been arrested for 148 PC’.
Captain Gisselle Espinoza, of the Los Angeles Police Department, joined a number of law enforcement officials in voicing her shock over the cowardly attack. She said: ‘I hope that this monster is caught soon. I am sick to my stomach. The deputies are in my prayers’.