Two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies are fighting for their lives after they were shot in an apparent ambush that was captured on video.
The pair, a man and a woman, were sitting in their patrol car in Compton when a gunman approached from the side and opened fire before fleeing the scene.
Officials said both were in a critical condition after suffering multiple gunshot wounds and were currently undergoing surgery.
A hunt is now underway for the attacker.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department released surveillance footage of the shooting, saying in a statement: “The gunman walked up on the deputies and opened fire without warning or provocation.”
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Captain Gisselle Espinoza, of Los Angeles Police Department, joined a number of law enforcement officials in voicing her shock over the attack.
“I hope this monster is caught soon,” she said.
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“I’m sick to my stomach. The deputies are in my prayers.”
It was unclear whether a particular suspect was being sought.
It comes after LA sheriff’s detectives shot and killed a man in Compton on Thursday after, they say, he opened fire on them as they served a search warrant.
There is no suggestion the two incidents are linked.