LA Sheriff Alex Villanueva challenges Lebron James to match reward money for gunman who ambushed two LA County deputies

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LOS ANGELES, CA– Earlier in the week, two Los Angeles County Sheriffs deputies were senselessly ambushed and shot in the head while sitting in their patrol car. 

The country is eager to find the coward who fired on the deputies as he is still at large. Many have offered reward money to help aid in his arrest.

On the John Phillips Show on KABC Radio, LA Sheriff Alex Villanueva said the reward money has reached $175,000, which came as a combination of donations of $100,000 from the county and two separate donations of $25,000 and $50,000 from two private individuals.

While on the show, Sheriff Villanueva wanted to up the ante, so he openly challenged NBA star LeBron James to match and double the reward money being offered for information on the gunman who ambushed and shot the two deputies. 

Villanueva said:

“This challenge is to Lebron James. I want you to match that and double that reward,

“I know you care about law enforcement. You expressed a very interesting statement about your perspective on race relations and on officer-involved shootings and the impact that it has on the African-American community.”

He continued

“And I appreciated that,

“But likewise, we need to appreciate that respect for life goes across all professions.”

LeBron James has been one of the most outspoken celebrity athletes on the topic of racism and justice reform. He never shies away from a chance to call out police for various situations.  After the shooting of Jacob Blake in August, James said Black people in America are “terrified” of police misconduct.

Following a Lakers game, James said:

“I know people get tired of hearing me say it, but we are scared as Black people in America,

“Black men, Black women, Black kids, we are terrified.”

Some of his earlier tweets also showed frustration with police shootings, saying:

“And y’all wonder why we say what we say about the Police!! Someone please tell me WTF is this???!!! Exactly another black man being targeted,

“This s— [sic] is so wrong and so sad!! Feel so sorry for him, his family and OUR PEOPLE!! We want JUSTICE.”

It is not known if James is aware of Villanuena’s challenge. 

Villanuena’s finished by saying:

“Let’s see what he does,” 

“I’ll be very curious to see what his response is, if any.”

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Here is the original story Law Enforcement Today brought you on the shooting of the deputies.

LOS ANGELES, CA – Two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies are in critical condition after being ambushed and shot multiple times on Saturday night, September 12th. 

The deputies, whose names have not been released, but are said to be a 24-year-old male, and a 31-year-old female, who is the mother of a 6-year-old boy, were reportedly shot in the head multiple times, but were able to radio for help.

The officers were parked outside of the PAX metro station in Compton, when the unidentified suspect walked up to the car and began firing. 

In a late night press conference Alex Villanueva, the Los Angeles County Sheriff, said the deputies were taken to the hospital and underwent surgery. Both deputies have been members of the department for 14 months. 

 

The department posted a video to its Twitter feed showing the gunman approaching the passenger side of the car, firing and then running away.

Sheriff Villanueva, was not mincing words in his statement saying:

“Seeing somebody just walk up and just start shooting them, it pisses me off,

“It dismays me at the same time. There’s no prettier way to say it.”

He also said:

“This is just a sober reminder that this is a dangerous job and you know actions, words have consequences, and our job does not get any easier because people don’t like law enforcement,”

President Trump, who has been an outspoken supporter of police, and continually denounces violence against them, retweeted the video early Sunday morning saying:
 
“Animals that must be hit hard!”
 

In a particularly heinous act, when protesters got wind that the officers were being taken to the hospital, they blocked both the entrances and exists shouting “we hope they die!”.

The LA County Sherriffs Office tweeted:

“To the protesters blocking the entrance & exit of the HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOM yelling “We hope they die” referring to 2 LA Sheriff’s ambushed today in #Compton: DO NOT BLOCK EMERGENCY ENTRIES & EXITS TO THE HOSPITAL, People’s lives are at stake when ambulances can’t get through.”

Deputies issued a dispersal order to the group of protesters blocking the hospital emergency entrance and exits, when an adult male protester refused to comply and cooperate, which resulted in police attempting to take him into custody as he resisted. 

While police were struggling to make the arrest, an unidentified woman ran towards the deputies, ignoring repeated commands to stay back, and interfered with the arrest. 

The woman, later identified as Josie Huang, a member of the press, admitted she was not wearing the proper press credentials to identify herself. 

According to the LA County Sherriffs Office, Both individuals have been arrested for 148 P.C.

Gleeful, laughing bystander live-streamed aftermath of attack on Compton deputies: “They just got aired out!” 

LOS ANGELES, CA – It seems that when it comes to the recent shooting ambush of two deputies in Compton, heinous and egregious acts and attitudes just keep coming to the fore.

As we previously reported, two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputies were ambushed Saturday night, September 12th.  They were shot multiple times while they were sitting in their car outside the PAX Metro Station in Compton.  One victim is a 24-year-old male, and the other is a 31-year-old female and mother of a 6-year-old.

Both were transported to St. Francis Hospital in critical condition, and they are presently recovering after surgery.

Video shows the unidentified suspect firing, unprovoked, into the vehicle.

Then, as we also reported, protesters gathered outside the hospital, chanting,

“We hope they die.”

Worse yet, protesters attempted to force their way into the hospital.

Now, video has surfaced that shows additional witness and bystander reactions to the evil act perpetrated against the two deputies.

A video with the Instagram username beno_thegreat shows a grinning man wearing a yellow hoodie, filming immediately on location after the deputies were shot.

He proclaims:

“Compton!  N**** just aired the police out, n****!  They just aired the police out, n****!”

A bystander says:

“This the only justice we’re gonna get.”

The man in the yellow hoodie goes on to say:

“Them n****s just got aired out, cuz.  They just bust on them n****s, cuz, that’s crazy.”

Then with a laugh, he adds:

“It goes down in Compton.”

With the camera pointed at the police car where the stricken deputies had been shot, he continues:

“Them n**** on they knees.  Deal!”

As he films the deputies struggling next to a column, a bystander yells,

“No justice, no peace.”

The camera turns to the approaching patrol cars, and the man in the yellow hoodie repeats,

“Police just got aired out, n****!

“They just got bust on, n****!

“They just got aired out!  They just got aired out, n****!

“It’s going up!  Somebody’s bust on they ass!”

More similar proclamations follow as he films the arrival of patrol vehicles.

Then he adds:

“Ohhhhh, ohhhhh, two sheriffs shot in the face, two sheriffs shot in the face, they trippin.  It’s going up in Compton.  N****s bust on the police.”

The camera turns back on the man in the yellow hoodie, who is smiling broadly.

He gleefully adds:

“N****!  They just got aired out! 

Still grinning, he laughingly continues:

“Somebody ran up on the corner and bust on they ass, right through the window, in the face and all, n****!”

Additional videos from that fateful day also show despicable attitudes on the part of bystanders.

The video below shows two officers on camera outside the hospital, with bystanders yelling:

“You’re going to f***ing die one by one!”

and

“You’re next!”

In another video taken outside the hospital, a bystander is heard laughing and yelling, “Oink oink” at officers.

Others repeat:

“F*** the police!”

As if these video reactions weren’t enough, there is an additional social media reaction that warrants notice for its egregiousness.

According to a tweet posted by Fox LA’S Bill Melugin, Lynwood City Manager Joe Ometeotl posted a meme saying, “The Chickens Have Come Home to Roost,” on his Instagram account following the ambush.

From the Twitter screenshot, Ometeotl adds that he does not “condone” the shooting, but then appears to go on the attack against police. 

He writes that they are:

“deputy gangs that inflict fear and violence in the community. 

“These deputies murdered, framed and stole from the community, just because they could.” 

As the officers struggle to heal from their injuries, the shooter remains at large.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has offered a $100,000 reward in the manhunt for the would-be killer.

We can only hope that there will be someone out there with some knowledge of the shooter – someone who is not gleefully celebrating the attempted murder of two officers, but instead is willing to do the right thing.

 

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Here is our previous report on protestors’ attempts to enter the hospital where the two injured deputies were being treated:

 

LOS ANGELES, CA – In an update regarding the two critically injured deputies that were shot on September 12th, we had reported on aspects related to protesters trying to block the entryway to the hospital emergency entrance where the two deputies were being treated. 

However, new reports state that there was more than just people trying to block the entrance to the hospital – but also protesters trying to force their way into the hospital as well. 

What their intentions were is not clear, but it certainly couldn’t have been good. 

Additional video clips have been shared online, where officers guarding the entryway to the hospital can be seen getting harassed by protesters outside. 

More videos have also been shared, showcasing a small group of individuals screaming “fuck the police” outside of the very hospital where the deputies are fighting for their lives. 

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Others could be heard chanting “it’s a celebration” on the video as well, essentially making reference to the deputies having been shot. 

Another video showcased a man referring to the deputies shot as “two of America’s most notorious gang members” as he was making his way up to the hospital. 

When the individual attempted to go into the hospital, he was immediately stopped and was informed that no one is allowed inside of the hospital for any type of visitation. 

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