He was shot on duty several times while sitting in his patrol vehicle at a metro rail station in Compton, south of Los Angeles. Without provocation, surveillance video shows the suspect approaching the patrol car, and the open fire then escapes. He was described as a dark-skinned male, dressed in dark clothing, only between 28–30 years of age. Were able to radio for deputation assistance.
Both victims underwent surgery on Saturday night. He was identified as a 31-year-old female deputy and a 24-year-old male deputy.
“One is the mother of a 6-year-old boy. Her husband is here with them. The other one is 24-years-old and the parents are here, the girlfriend is here. They are both out of Class 437.” Sheriff Alex Villanueva told a news conference Said, noting that the two had recently graduated from the academy.
“In fact, I had them sworn into office 14 months ago,” he said, “These are real people who are working hard and it shows the dangers of a job just in the blink of an eye.” Villanueva said the attack happened in “cowardly fashion”.
Immediately after the shooting, the department released surveillance video of the shooting online:
Both were sent to St. Francis Medical Center in Linwood after the shooting. Outside the emergency room, protesters gathered. There were two arrests, including a radio reporter. Deputies say he did not have proper credit. A few hours later, he was released.
Anyone with information about the suspect or crime was encouraged to contact authorities at (323) 890-5500. Anonymous tips can be dropped for LA Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477) or online.