'They survived the worst': Two Los Angeles deputies out of surgery after Compton ambush


The two Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies who were ambushed and shot on duty on Saturday are now out of surgery, an LASD spokesman told CNN.

"It looks like they're going to be able to recover," Sheriff Alex Villanueva said. "We'll see what the long-term impact is. We don't know that yet, but they survived the worst."

The two deputies, a 24-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman, were shot by a gunman while sitting in their police vehicle.

The two were parked near the Compton sheriff's station when a gunman came up from behind and ambushed them around 7 p.m. Pacific time on Saturday night, according to police Capt. Kent Wegener.

Surveillance footage released by the department shows a man in dark clothing walking up to the parked vehicle and firing a gun into the passenger side window several times before he fled.

Villanueva said both deputies were sworn in about 14 months ago. He said the incident should highlight the dangers of working in law enforcement.

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

The metro station in Compton remains an active crime scene, with police tape and vehicles blocking access to the area.

The hospital where the two deputies are being treated also remains under heavy police protection, with multiple patrol cars positioned near the entrance. Over the weekend, authorities said protesters attempted to block the entrance and exit way of the hospital while shouting anti-police rhetoric.

The gunman remains at large as of Monday morning. The sheriff's department announced on Sunday a $100,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

Villanueva said one of the victims described the suspect as a "dark-skinned male." At least 14 homicide detectives and a number of LASD forensic specialists, K-9 units, and other personnel are investigating the shooting.

President Trump, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, and the mayors of Compton and Los Angeles have condemned the attack and called for justice.