2 Los Angeles sheriff's deputies 'ambushed' and shot, authorities say; suspect at large




 

LOS ANGELES - Two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies were transported to the hospital late Saturday after being shot during an ambush in Compton, authorities said.

The deputies, one male and one female, sustained multiple gunshot wounds and are in critical condition after being "ambushed as they sat in their patrol vehicle," the department said on Twitter. Both are currently undergoing surgery, officials say.

The Sheriff's Department later released a video on Twitter that appeared to show an individual walk up to a parked patrol car and open fire.

The suspect remains at large.

The incident occurred at the Metro Blue Line station, a short distance from the Compton sheriff's station, according to KABC-TV.

"They are both still fighting for their lives, so please keep them in your thoughts and prayers," the department tweeted.

The Los Angeles Times, citing sources, reported that at least one of the deputies was shot in the face and another in the head when the suspect approached their car.

Rep. Adam Schiff D-Calif., took to Twitter and offered his prayers for the two deputies.

"Every day, law enforcement officers put themselves at risk to protect our community," Schiff tweeted. "I hope the perpetrator of this cowardly attack can be quickly brought to justice."

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Los Angeles sheriff's deputies shot in apparent ambush, officials say

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