Two Los Angeles County deputies are fighting for their lives after they were ambushed and shot in the head

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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.

Law Enforcement Today will keep you updated as more information is released. 

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Last week Law Enforcement Today brought you the story of another officer was ambushed and killed in California.

FRESNO, CA – Stop telling us there’s no war on cops.

A deputy with the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence to serve a restraining order in the 4000 block of Dawn Road on Douglas Popke.  During the encounter, police say Popke snuck around to the back of the residence and opened fire on the deputy.

The mainstream media and most of the country believe that most officers will not face real danger in their job.  They term things as ‘routine’ and never think twice about it.  For the most part, besides being screamed, cussed at, and perhaps spit on, the population is right.

However, those of us in law enforcement know that there is no such thing as ‘routine’ as it all depends on the people that officers deal with on a daily basis.  In a recent incident, something that should have been routine was anything but in Mariposa County in California.

A deputy, Jose Garcia, responded to a residence and attempted to make contact with Popke to serve him with a restraining order.  When Garcia, who is very pleasant, makes contact with Popke, he is immediately confrontational, alleging that Garcia entered onto his property through a locked gate.

 

Instead of listening to what Garcia had to say, that the gate was not locked, or hear why he was there, Popke entered back into his trailer and disappeared.  Garcia waited a few moments, but thankfully kept his head on a swivel and was aware of his surroundings. 

After a few seconds, Popke emerged from the backside of the trailer with a long gun which Garcia noticed and gave commands to drop the gun.   Popke started to fire on the Garcia. 

Garcia was able to return fire and quickly sought a place of cover for what he thought was going to be a gun fight.  Garcia was able to call for back up, noting that he was under fire.  What he did not know was that his rounds struck Popke, at least once, in the shoulder, ceasing the gun fight.

Bodycam footage shows Garcia attempting to make contact with Popke who becomes irate and retreats inside of the trailer.  A few moments later, it shows Popke on the backside of the trailer with a long gun.  Reports are that the long gun had a silencer. 

What Garcia did not know was that Popke had fled the area which led to a manhunt.  People that were inside of the trailer were removed for their safety while law enforcement worked to locate the shooter. 

The Sheriff’s Office also asked the nearby residents to shelter in place while they worked to find Popke.  They put out a press release asking anyone who saw the man to call 911.

Popke attempted to flee but was located by deputies a short time after he had opened fire on the deputy.  He was air lifted to a hospital where he received medical treatment for the gunshot wounds the deputy was forced to inflict.

When he was released from the hospital, he was placed under arrest for shooting at the deputy.  Popke was charged with attempted murder of a law enforcement officer and aggravated assault with a firearm, he is being held on a $500,000 bail. 

Popke is any one of a million police contact within a day.  What is engrained upon law enforcement officers is to be polite and courteous to anyone they meet, but be prepared for a lethal situation should any contact become one.

In this circumstance, Popke was unhappy about being served the restraining order and instead of fighting his case in court, he decided he would take it out on Garcia, a deputy who was just doing his job. 

In the meantime, we just lost another officer – who was straight up murdered.

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