Gunman shoots two deputies in LA County, protesters block ambulances

September 13, 2020

By JOSH FRIEDMAN

Authorities are searching for a male suspect who ambushed, shot and severely wounded two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies outside a Metro station in Compton Saturday evening, a near fatal incident that kicked off a bizarre chain of overnight events.

Video footage released by the LA County Sheriff’s Department shows a gunman walking up to a patrol SUV, firing shots through the passenger-side window and running away. LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said at a press conference Saturday night the shooting was unprovoked.

“It seems to be part of a growing trend where suspects open fire unprovoked,” Villanueva said.

Both deputies suffered multiple gunshot wounds. Both were alert when they arrived at the hospital, where they then underwent surgery.

One of the injured deputies is a 31-year-old woman, who is the mother of a 6-year-old boy. The other deputy is a 24-year-old man, Villanueva said.

The sheriff described the suspect as a dark-skin male.

Saturday night’s shooting prompted a string of events, in which anti-law enforcement protesters arrived at the hospital and allegedly blocked the emergency room entrance, and sheriff’s deputies later tackled and arrested a prominent Los Angeles-area journalist.

With the wounded deputies receiving treatment inside St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, a group of protesters gathered outside the hospital and heckled law enforcement. Video shows protesters gathered on the sidewalk in front of the entrance and exit to the emergency room parking lot.

“To the protesters blocking the entrance and exit of the hospital emergency room yelling, ‘We hope they die,’ referring to two LA sheriff’s deputies ambushed today in Compton: do not block emergency entries and exits to the hospital,” the sheriff’s department tweeted. “People’s lives are at stake when ambulances can’t get through.”

Later, the sheriff’s department declared an unlawful assembly and issued a dispersal order for the group of protesters blocking the emergency room entrance and exit. One adult male protester refused to comply, a struggle ensued and the man was arrested, according to the sheriff’s department.

During the struggle, a woman later determined to be journalist Josie Huang, ran toward the deputies. Huang ignored repeated commands to stand back as deputies struggled with the protester, interfered with the arrest and did not identify herself as press, the sheriff’s department tweeted. Huang later admitted she did not have proper press credentials on her at the time.

Deputies arrested both the protester and Huang on a resisting or obstructing an officer charge. Huang is a reporter for the Los Angeles NPR station KPCC, as well as for the news publication LAist. She was reporting on the protest outside the hospital at the time of her arrest.

Huang’s arrest prompted outcry and demands for immediate release and an explanation as to why deputies arrested a journalist. Early Sunday morning, Huang tweeted that she had been released from county jail.

Saturday’s shooting, as well as the subsequent protest and arrests, occurred amid daily demonstrations in South Los Angeles over the death of Dijon Kizzee, whom sheriff’s deputies shot and killed on Aug. 31. Also earlier this week, deputies shot and killed a suspect in Compton who allegedly opened fire on them.

Huang had been covering the anti-sheriff’s department protests in South LA as recently as Saturday afternoon.

Protesters have railed against the sheriff’s department for its use of force in recent day while clearing out demonstrators from an area near the department’s South LA station. The sheriff’s department has alleged anarchists and outside agitators have been instigating nighttime clashes with deputies.

President Donald Trump weighed in on the events in Los Angels County, retweeting the video of the shooting and stating, “Animals that must be hit hard!”

“If they die, fast trial death penalty for the killer. Only way to stop this!” Trump tweeted.

Trump also retweeted the sheriff’s department command for protesters to stop blocking the entrance and exit to the hospital.


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mr.giles

I went to LA one time understood tupac line lil bit just a bit

“Well burn this bitch down get us pissed”

Meek understanding


kettle

The ambush was awful and I hope they get that person soonly.


The scene at the hospital was 4+ people expressing themselves, no ambulances were blocked and there was 10 or more mostly overweight police there. The bullshit tweet by Villanova was repeated and amplified and stretched out of shape by the press.


It’s hilarious watching conservatives loose there cool over the bullshit event at the hospital, overplayed by the media. But it is understandable people get confused with all of the lies every day from the WH swamp. People want to be trusting and get taken advantage of by the unscruplious.


“Skepticism of police statements should be a basic requirement of competent journalism, but it is particularly critical in times like this, when police have a reason to lie. The police are angry at the attempted murder of two officers, and they want other people to be angry, so they are not even trying to provide an accurate account of events. Instead, they are trying to build a case against Black Lives Matter. ”


“It’s not like the social justice organization ambushed two police officers in a parked car. It’s not like social justice organizations have a history of targeting police officers for murder. But the person who did target and ambush police officers appears to be Black and thus, apparently, it’s all our faults. That’s how racial profiling works, don’t you know.


So the police already have their villain, and they are enacting their retribution. On Sunday, LA County sheriff’s deputies shut down a “protest encampment” across from LA City Hall. The holdouts had been there for months, living peacefully, but cops cleared it mere hours after the shooting. Cops claim it was taken down because of “deteriorating conditions,” but nobody is required to be addled enough to believe them. “


NickG

Protest encampment sounds like squatting and that is against the law. You are not entitled to use these grounds to reside. We already saw how successful the CHOP, CHAZ, or whatever it wanted to be called was in Seattle.


The group that live streamed itself going to the hospital went purely to antagonize law enforcement, which after two of them get randomly attacked this is considered a threat. There was no need to go there and they admitted over and over on the video they went there to “talk shit” this was their words. I watched the entire 33 min video.


You are a fool to think that this was the only incident at the hospital. The one this article is referring to was those blocking the entrance.


Keep playing the victim though……


Gramelin

Are you kidding? Why do you think this kid decided to go ahead and shoot these cops? Don’t you see what is happening? Its understandable to stand up for equal rights and demand to be treated without distain just because you are black. IT’s understandable to insist racial profiling does not influence the every day life of good people. I get all that, and I don’t accept anything less from our cops. But there has to be a better way to obtain your goal without commiting the same action. Saying ALL cops are bad is just Crazy. Just like saying ALL conservatives are racist. Just like saying ALL Blacks are criminals. ITs just NOT true. So don’t teach hate and violence against a “Group” of people…Isn’t that what you are fighting for in the first place? You don’t want to be judged incorrectly or treated bad just for being Black. IT is Wrong. Right? Just like it is wrong to say ALL Cops are Bad. How does it make sense to use the same tactics you say the Cops are using, yet in the same breath demand change? How can you say profiling is wrong when you are profling cops?

I agree changes Have to happen! But this is what happens when Profiling happens. These people (cops) get shot, and now that kid will end up in prison, confused and angry, another wasted life. Find another way to obtain real change. This kind of violent, hate teaching for any group is not only not productive, it creates criminals and devastates the lives and families of those acting out in violence and hate for a cause. Should acting out in a crimal act go unpunished because it is for a cause?

Please explain if you can validate why this kid ran up and shop these cops? For any other reason than He was Profiling?


kettle

Wtf Again you are reading things that I did not write (someone else did? go ask them).


“Please explain if you can validate why” No one knows, including you.


“when you are profling cops?” I did not, learn about ” quotes”


mr.giles

Racial profiling agreed has that negative slant

Positive:certain chargable matters go uncharged because of racial profiling driving without a license for example perhaps lets say


Gramelin

Looks like it was a kid! He was shorter than the vehicle! This is just crazy. They don’t see the harm they are instigating in the kids who are listening and don’t have the ability to dicern these issues in a mature manner.