2 Los Angeles County deputies are out of surgery after ambush shooting in Compton

The two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies who were shot and critically injured Saturday night are out of surgery, according to a LACSD spokesperson.

The deputies, one male and one female, were “ambushed” as they sat in their vehicle, police said. The suspect is still at large.

Sheriff Alex Villanueva said at a press conference Saturday night that the shooting in Compton was done “in a cowardly fashion” and that both deputies were being treated at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood.

Capt. Kent Wegener said the shooting happened at 7 p.m. Wegener said the suspect approached from behind the deputies’ vehicle and walked along the passenger side. He acted as if he was going to walk past the car, raised a pistol and shot multiple times hitting both deputies, Wegener said.

Video of the incident, tweeted by the LASD, appears to show an individual in dark clothing walking up to the deputies’ car, firing a gun into it and running away.

The two officers — a 31-year-old mother and a 24-year-old man — were taken to a local hospital and are “both still fighting for their lives,” LASD said. Both deputies were sworn in 14 months ago, Villanueva said.

“This is just a somber reminder that this is a dangerous job, and actions and words have consequences. Our job does not get any easier because people do not like law enforcement,” Villanueva said. “It pisses me off, it dismays me at the same time. There’s no pretty way to say it.”

As of Sunday, the Metro station in Compton remains an active crime scene, with dozens of law enforcement vehicles and police tape blocking access. Late Sunday morning, a tow truck was seen carrying away a Sheriff’s Department SUV from the location of the shooting.

The hospital where the two deputies are being treated remains under heavy police protection with multiple patrol cars positioned near the entrance.

US Rep. Adam Schiff tweeted he was praying for the two deputies.

“Every day, law enforcement officers put themselves at risk to protect our community,” his tweet read. “I hope the perpetrator of this cowardly attack can be quickly brought to justice.”

Reporter, protester arrested

A reporter and a protester were arrested and charged with resisting arrest outside the hospital, the LASD tweeted.

Deputies issued a dispersal order for “the unlawful assembly of a group of protesters” who were blocking the hospital emergency entrance and exits, but “a male adult protester refused to comply,” said a tweet.

It was not clear why protesters had gathered at the hospital.

“During his arrest, a struggle ensued at which time a female adult ran towards the deputies, ignored repeated commands to stay back as they struggled with the male and interfered with the arrest,” a LASD tweet said.

“The female adult, who was later identified as a member of the press, did not identify herself as press and later admitted she did not have proper press credentials on her person,” said a tweet.