“There’s no other way to put it: they are amazing,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, describing the bravery of deputies.
A shooter in Compton, California, shot both deputies four or five times Saturday night, Garcetti said. They are in stable but critical condition after “getting well through surgery,” Sheriff Alex Villanueva told KABC radio.
By an “absolute miracle,” it looks like they will survive, the mayor said.
Footage that appears to be from surveillance cameras shows a deputy whom Garcetti identified as a 31-year-old mother hiding behind a pillar providing assistance to her 24-year-old partner and calling for help. Both are bloody.
“These are two brave people who are putting their lives on the line,”
Detectives have not yet identified a suspect, but thanks to donations from two private donors, a reward now stands at $ 175,000, Villanueva said.
How the attack unfolded
The shooter walked toward the passenger side of the deputy vehicle, raised a gun and shot them, Captain Kent Wegener said.
“This is just a gloomy reminder that this is a dangerous job and actions and words have consequences. Our jobs are not getting any easier because people do not like law enforcement,” Villanueva said. “It makes me angry. It scares me at the same time.”
“There is no place in our society for the violence we saw,” Garcetti said. He described county officials as guardians of one of the city’s public transit lines.
Both deputies were sworn in 14 months ago, the sheriff said.
Trump, Biden and Schiff condemn the attack
President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden condemned the shooting.
“When we find this person, we have to get a lot faster with our courts, and we get a lot tougher with our conviction. We have to get out very, very strongly,” Trump told supporters in Las Vegas on Sunday. .
Biden called the shooting “absolutely unsurpassed.”
“Acts of lawlessness and violence against police officers are unacceptable, outrageous and completely counterproductive to the pursuit of greater peace and justice in America – as are the actions of those who applaud such attacks,” Biden said in a statement.
The Democratic U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, whose district includes parts of Los Angeles County, offered his prayers to the deputies.
CNN’s Sara Sidner, Anderson Cooper, Sarah Moon, Holly Yan, Artemis Moshtaghian, Amir Vera and Jennifer Selva contributed to this report.