COMPTON, LA– The hunt is still on for the gunman who ambushed two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s officers on September 12th.
Now, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva tells ABC News that he has warned deputies to watch out for more possible attacks. Villanueva said:
“This is going to cause us to be a lot more concerned about when we approach vehicles when we’re out there on the streets,”
UPDATE: L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva warned deputies to watch out for more possible attacks after a gunman ambushed two officers in Compton. https://t.co/AqrKpGm4eO
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He went on to say:
“We have everybody paired up in two-man vehicles now. So, we’re going to have to be watching out for each other’s back out there on the streets.”
Villanueva said that the LA County Sheriff department is using all the resources at their disposal to aid in the search for the gunman. He pressed the immediate need to identify the dangerous suspect and get him off the streets before he’s able to strike again.
The FBI has joined in the search for the gunman, and announced it is lending resources to the manhunt and “stands ready to assist in response” to the attack.
As the FBI joined a massive search for a gunman who ambushed two deputies, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva says he's worried about more attacks on law enforcement officers and is warning members of his agency to watch each other's back. https://t.co/kqXKP6Ddvf
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On Sunday, the The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the gunman.
In addition, many have made anonymous donations to aid in the arrest of the suspect.
Villanueva told ABC News that despite being shot four or five times, including once in the jaw, the female deputy walked around the patrol vehicle to help her 24-year-old partner, who suffered gunshot wounds to his forehead, arms and a hand.
“He’s bleeding out profusely from the arm so she actually applies a tourniquet to his arm to stop the bleeding and she tries to call for help on the radio,
“It’s pretty heart-wrenching and she’s trying to mumble and we finally get her … she says where she is at and the fact that there was a shooting, and that got all the help rolling in her direction.”
Villanueva said after exiting their patrol car, the wounded deputies hid behind a column because:
“They didn’t know if the gunman was going to come back or not and they’re obviously both disabled and injured, very gut-wrenching to see the video and the heroic efforts from both of them to get to safety and still manage to take care of each other,”
It has just been reported that the 24-year-old male deputy that was shot in the forehead, arms and hands has been released from the hospital.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva announced that one of the deputies — a 24-year-old officer who suffered gunshot wounds to his forehead, arms and a hand — has been released from the hospital. https://t.co/lWdWmNZTCu
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