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“Double Miracle”: Ambushed LA Deputies Emerge From Surgery, Expected To Survive

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“Double Miracle”: Ambushed LA Deputies Emerge From Surgery, Expected To Survive

Tyler Durden

Mon, 09/14/2020 – 04:29

Update (1540ET): The two deputies are out of surgery and expected to survive, according to Sheriff Alex Villanueva, who called their condition a “double miracle.”

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Update (1125ET): As noted last night, a group of protesters blocked the entrance to the ER at the St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, California, shouting “we hope they die” and other slurs, according to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department:

According to a witness, one protester attempted to break into the ER.

Meanwhile:

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Update: According to CBS Los Angeles, the deputies are alive and have had surgery. Homicide detectives are canvassing the scene where they were shot. Anyone with information asked to call sheriffs at (323) 890-5500.

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Two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies are fighting for their lives after a Saturday night ambush at a train station in Compton, California.

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The officers, a man and a woman, were both shot multiple times after a suspect walked up to their parked patrol car and fired at close range, according to the LA County Sheriffs Department, which tweeted “The gunman walked up on the deputies and opened fire without warning or provocation.”

In a Saturday night news conference, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said that the two had graduated from the sheriff’s training academy approximately 14 months ago. The female officer, 31, is the mother of a six-year-old boy, while the other officer is 24-years-old. At least one of them was able to radio for help, after which they were taken to nearby St. Francis Medical Center where they underwent surgery, according to NBC News.

Deputy Morgan Arteaga said the attack was reported about 7 p.m. at a train station in the city of Compton. The sheriff’s department has a unit that patrols Los Angeles Metro trains; it’s also contracted to police that city.

“They are still alive,” Arteaga said.

The Metro Blue Line train station where Deputy Eric Ortiz said the attack took place is near the sheriff’s Compton Station.

The department also tweeted: “They are both still fighting for their lives, so please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.” –NBC News

According to the report, the FBI offered to assist the sheriff’s department in the manhunt for the suspect.

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This is just a sober reminder it’s a dangerous job,” said Villanueva. “Actions, words have consequence. And our job does not get any easier because people don’t like law enforcement.”

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President Trump weighed in following the shooting, tweeting “Animals that must be hit hard!”

Meanwhile, anti-police protesters have reportedly shown up to the hospital where the officers are being treated, with an unconfirmed report that some had attempted to gain entry to the building.

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