A manhunt was underway in California on Saturday evening after two Los Angeles County Sheriff MPs were shot dead by a suspect in their patrol car who “opened fire without warning or provocation,” the authorities said.
The MPs, a 24-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman, were both in critical condition and “fought for their lives” when operated on outside a subway after the attack, which took place around 7:00 pm local time Station in Compton, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. “
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“Moments ago, two of our Compton Sheriff MPs were shot dead and taken to a local hospital,”
According to KABC, MPs were no longer operated on at 11 p.m. PT.
The department tweeted a grainy video of the suspect approaching the parked patrol vehicle and firing shots in the window on the passenger side of the vehicle.
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Both MPs were sworn in a little over a year ago, and the female MP is the mother of a 6-year-old boy, officials said at a 10 p.m. press conference.
LASD Sheriff Alex Villanueva said that although they do not have a detailed description of the suspect, one of the MPs described the shooter as a “dark-skinned man”.
He said the shooting showed the dangers for officers and how situations can “change the blink of an eye”.
Congregation member Reggie Jones-Sawyer called officer heroes and condemned all violence against law enforcement agencies.
“I pray for the officials involved and their families,” Jones-Sawyer said at the press conference. “This was an unprovoked, cowardly act.”
Villanueva said the shooting was part of a growing trend of suspects opening fire on MPs without provocation.
“Every week across the country someone is losing their life in the ministry,” he added. “It makes me angry, it upsets me at the same time. There is no nice way to say it.”
Villanueva expressed condolences to the families of the officers, adding, “Hopefully they can both cure this.”
The Los Angeles FBI tweeted that it had “offered resources and ready to help” to respond to the attack.
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The Los Angeles Police Department tweeted, “We are standing at @LASDHQ with our brothers and sisters tonight. The thoughts and prayers of the men and women of the LAPD go with the two MPs who were ambushed in their vehicle tonight.”