Violence and bloodshed against blue lives continued throughout the weekend as two more officers were ambushed in Compton, Calif. on Saturday. Viral video shows the unprovoked attack where the officers were sitting in their car on patrol being shot execution-style.
The 31-year-old mother of a six-year-old boy and the 24-year-old male deputy underwent surgery Saturday evening, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said in a late-night news conference, according to The Boston Herald.
The deputies are out of surgery and are expected to survive, Sheriff Alex Villanueva stated in an update. “The fact that both are expected to survive is a ‘double miracle’,” he said.
A $100,000 reward is being offered by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the gunman who is still at large.
Surveillance video released by the sheriff’s department shows an individual dressed in a black shorts, a dark jacket and wielding a pistol in his hand walk up to the patrol vehicle and open fire without warning through the passenger-side window, according to ABC News.
Both deputies were just 14 months out of the Academy when they were gunned down outside the Metro Train Station in Compton.
The shooting has sparked an angry tweet from President Donald J. Trump, as well as anti-police protests in the city.
As the officers were fighting for their lives at St. Francis Medical Center, protesters shouting, “We hope they die!” blocked the entrance and exit to the hospital emergency room. The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department declared an unlawful assembly and arrested a female member of the press and an adult male.
“That was a cowardly act,” Sheriff Alex Villanueva said during a news conference on Saturday night. “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.”