COMPTON, California — Two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies are fighting for their lives after they were allegedly shot in the head in an ambush in Compton, officials say.
The incident happened Saturday at the Metro Blue Line station at Willowbrook Avenue and Compton Boulevard around 7pm.
Surveillance video of the shooting shows the suspect ambush the deputies as they sat in the patrol vehicle.
A man in dark clothing walks up to the parked vehicle and fires several shots at close range. The suspect then runs off on foot.
Both deputies sustained multiple gunshot wounds and underwent surgery at a local hospital. They were described as alive but in critical condition.
President Donald Trump reacted to the shooting, retweeting the sheriff’s department video and commenting: “Animals that must be hit hard!”
“If they die, fast trial death penalty for the killer. Only way to stop this!” he added.