In an unprovoked and cowardly act, two law enforcement officers from Los Angeles were shot by a person through the passenger side window of their patrol car while they were stationary, in Compton, California, on Saturday night, Sept. 12. The gunman walked up to the patrol car and shot both officers without provocation.
Both deputies, a 24-year-old man, and a 31-year-old woman have undergone surgery at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, California, after being shot multiple times. Each has been listed as critical.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva described the condition of each wounded officer as a “double miracle,” according to the LA Times. A $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect has been issued. He said both officers had graduated from the academy 14 months ago.
“That was a cowardly act,” Villanueva said. “The two deputies were doing their job, minding their own business, watching out for the safety of the people on the train. To see somebody just walk up and start shooting on them, it pisses me off. It dismays me at the same time. There’s no pretty way to say it.”
On Sunday morning, the entrance to the emergency room at the hospital where the officers were being treated, was allegedly blocked by Black Lives Matter (BLM) protesters, according to the sheriff’s office. Protesters were shouting slogans such as “Death to the police,” and “We hope they die,” reported Breitbart News.
“To the protesters blocking the entrance [and] 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 [AND] EXITS TO THE HOSPITAL. People’s lives are at stake when ambulances can’t get through,” the LA County Sheriff’s Department wrote on Twitter early Sunday morning.
According to Fox News, a religious leader at the hospital told KABC that protesters had attempted to enter the emergency room.
“They were saying ‘Death to the police’ and ‘Kill the police,’ and these are sheriffs, but the message is still the same. They were using all types of curse words and derogatory terms,” he said. “Unacceptable behavior, because a hospital should be a sanctuary,” he said.
Los Angeles Democrat Mayor Eric Garcetti condemned the protesters in an interview with CNN at the hospital, “There’s no place in civilized society for anybody to draw an arm and to shoot our law enforcement officers that put their lives on the line. And I won’t ever let a couple voices that not only are uncalled for, but it’s abhorrent to say something like that when we have two deputies, who are sheriff’s deputies, in grave condition,” Garcetti said during a Sunday morning appearance on NBC News’s “Meet the Press.”
President Trump reacted to the shootings and tweeted, “If they die, fast trial death penalty for the killer. Only way to stop this!”
If they die, fast trial death penalty for the killer. Only way to stop this! https://t.co/K3sKh28GjX
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 13, 2020