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Los Angeles police officers shot in 'ambush'

Los Angeles police officers shot in 'ambush'

A gunman shot and critically injured two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies as they sat in their patrol auto late on Saturday in an attack that was captured on video.

Nearly as disgusting as the shooting itself was that fact that dozens of "protesters" then came to the hospital where the deputies were undergoing surgery to chant, "we hope they die" while blocking emergency access to the hospital for other patients.

The wounded deputies were able to radio for help, he said.

"The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) said the two deputies â€" a 24-year-old and a 31-year-old mother â€" are "both still fighting for their lives".

Two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies are in critical condition after they were shot in an apparent "ambush" on Saturday night, according to the department's official Twitter account. To see somebody just walk up and start shooting on them. Both graduated from the academy 14 months ago, he said.

"It pisses me off. There's no pretty way to say it".

LA County Sheriff's Department in an update overnight confirmed that an unlawful assembly was declared as protesters blocked the entrance and exit to the area hospital emergency room.

It said two people were later arrested: a man who "refused to comply & cooperate" and a reporter for NPR station KPCC.

"One male deputy and one female deputy were ambushed as they sat in their patrol vehicle", the tweet read.

"The female adult, who was later identified as a member of the press, did not identify herself as press and later admitted she did not have proper press credentials on her person", the department stated.

The department shared surveillance video of the shooting on Twitter just hours after it happened.

Footage of the incident released by the sheriff's department showed the suspect approaching the parked vehicle on foot in the city of Compton and firing with a handgun through the passenger side window before running away.

President Trump responded to the shooting on Sunday morning, tweeting: "Animals that must be hit hard!" alongside a video of the incident.

"Of course, there's an important conversation going on about policing in this country but these are folks who put their lives on the line for us and we will find justice for them", Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said on CNN.

The suspect was described as a dark-skinned male, according to officials.