Los Angeles police officers shot in 'ambush'

2 LA County deputies apparently ambushed in patrol vehicle

One male deputy and one female deputy sustained multiple gunshot wounds and were in critical condition undergoing surgery overnight, it said.

COMPTON, Calif. (AP) - Authorities were searching today for a gunman who shot and wounded two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies who were sitting in their squad vehicle - an apparent ambush that drew an angry response from the president and sparked an anti-police protest outside the hospital where the deputies were being treated.

A video of the incident was shared by LASD, in which an individual in dark clothing walking up the deputies' auto, firing a gun into it, and running away.

"It pisses me off".

The female deputy is the mother to a six-year-old boy, Villanueva said. had just been sworn in 14 months ago, according to Villanueva.

"After deputies issued a dispersal order for the unlawful assembly of a group of protesters blocking the hospital emergency entrance & exits, a male adult protester refused to comply & cooperate", the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a tweet.

Sharing the footage of the incident, US President Donald Trump, tweeted: "Animals that must be hit hard".

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"Violence of any kind is wrong; those who commit it should be caught and punished".

Following the shooting, the LASD reported on Twitter that protests took place outside of the hospital where the injured deputies were being treated.

Two people were arrested, including a journalist who police said tried to interfere with the arrest of the other detainee and did not identify herself as a member of the press. They claim that Huang did not have proper press credentials.

A video clip of the shooting posted online by the Sheriff's Department showed the suspect in dark clothing moving towards a sheriff's vehicle parked by the roadside and opening fire without warning or provocation.

The incident happened around 7 p.m. a short distance from the Compton sheriff's station.

The US Justice Department will assist sheriff's investigators with "all federal tools available", department spokesperson Kerri Kupec said on Twitter. "It dismays me at the same time", he said.

The shooting of the Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies comes as the country has erupted in protests over the police-involved deaths of Black people, including George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.

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