Authorities in the Los Angeles area worked Tuesday to apprehend a suspected armed carjacker at a distance between suspects he could be linked to the shooting of two sheriff’s deputies over the weekend, according to media reports.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva told several news outlets that the suspect is not linked to the ambush of two transit departments in Compton on Saturday. However, KNBC-TV reported that several law enforcement sources said detectives are increasingly confident that the suspect who led the authorities in a car chase on Tuesday is connected.
During the chase, the suspect allegedly jumped out of the vehicle and ran into a home in the Los Angeles suburb of Lynwood.
Authorities converged over the city, which borders Compton to the south, and evacuated an area during a search. Deputies wearing tactical equipment and driving SWAT vehicles also responded.
Despite reports that the suspect is linked to the shooting, sheriff’s officials have not confirmed anything. Villanueva did not return emails from Fox News, and department officials only wanted to confirm that authorities were searching for a suspected carjacking.
Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez told City News Service that the department could not confirm whether the suspect was linked to the attack on her colleagues.
“At this point, it’s just a suspected carjacking, but it’s really important that we catch him and identify him to see if there is any connection to the ambush,” she said.
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Transit deputies – described only as a 24-year-old man and a 31-year-old mother of a 6-year-old boy – graduated from the academy 14 months ago.
They recover in a hospital after surgery. A reward of over $ 300,000 – a mix of county funds and private donations – is being offered for information about the suspected gunman.