Authorities on Sunday announced a $ 100,000 reward in connection with finding a suspect who was seen on videoCBS Los Angeles reports an apparent ambush.
The MPs were shot multiple times while sitting in their police car at a subway station in Compton, south of Los Angeles. Without provocation, the surveillance video shows the suspect approaching the patrol car and opening fire and then running away. He was only described as a dark-skinned man between the ages of 28 and 30 who wore dark clothing. The MPs could call for help by radio.
Both victims were operated on Saturday evening. They were identified as a 31
“One is the mother of a 6-year-old boy. Her husband is here with you. The other is 24 years old and the parents are here, the girlfriend is here. They are both from Class 437,” Sheriff Alex Villanueva said at a press conference that they both recently graduated from academy.
“In fact, I swore them into office 14 months ago,” he said, adding, “these are real people who do a tough job and it just shows the dangers of the job in the blink of an eye.” Villanueva said the attack was “cowardly”.
Shortly after the shooting, the department posted a surveillance video of the shooting online:
Both MPs were taken to St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood after the shooting. Protesters gathered outside the emergency room. There were two arrests, including that of a radio reporter. MEPs say she doesn’t have proper ID. She was released a few hours later.
Individuals with information about the suspect or this crime were asked to contact the authorities at (323) 890-5500. Anonymous tips can be left for LA Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477) or online.