Two LA sheriff's deputies shot sitting in vehicle in 'unprovoked' attack

Both deputies had just been sworn in 14 months ago, Villanueva said.

The department shared video of the incident in a Twitter post that shows a person open fire through the passenger-side window of the patrol vehicle.

A screen grab from a security camera video released the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department shows a gunman walking up to sheriff's deputies and opening fire without warning or provocation in Compton, Calif., on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020.

The two deputies, a male and female officer with the Transit Services Bureau, were shot at the Compton PAX station.

"Both sustained multiple gunshot wounds and are in critical condition", the police said.

"One is a 31-year-old mother of a 6-year-old boy", he said. "At this point we have a very very generic description of a dark-skinned male and that came from one the victims", Captain Kent Wegener said at a news conference.

Villanueva expressed his condolences to the families of the officers, adding "Hopefully they can both heal from this". The sheriff's department has a unit that patrols Los Angeles Metro trains; it's also contracted to police that city.

The FBI offered resources to the sheriff's department Saturday night as authorities searched for the suspect.

"This is just a sober reminder it's a unsafe job. Our job does not get any easier because people do not like law enforcement", Villanueva said.

The video sparked thousands of reactions, including from President Donald Trump, who responded, "Animals that must be hit hard!".

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