Two police officers in Los Angeles are fighting for their lives after being shot in an ambush as a manhunt is launched to find their attacker.
The sheriffs were targeted as they sat in their vehicle in the notorious Compton neighbourhood late on Saturday night.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) confirmed the incident in a tweet last night.
“One male deputy and one female deputy were ambushed as they sat in their patrol vehicle,” the tweet read.
“Both sustained multiple gunshot wounds and are in critical condition.”
The two officers – a 31-year-old mother and 24-year-old male – were transported to a local hospital and underwent surgery.
Both deputies were rookies and had been sworn in 14 months ago.
Footage showed a man approaching the deputies’ car and fired shots into the car and ran away.
Reacting to the incident, President Donald Trump retweeted the video and wrote, “Animals that must be hit hard!”
According to authorities, the footage of the incident was recovered from a nearby a metro station in Compton.
The suspect is at large. “At this point we have a very very generic description of a dark-skinned male and that came from one the victims,” Captain Kent Wegener said at a news conference.
“This is just a somber reminder that this is a dangerous job, and actions and words have consequences, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said.
“Our job does not get any easier because people do not like law enforcement,”
“It pisses me off, it dismays me at the same time. There’s no pretty way to say it.”
The FBI in California has offered resources and “stands ready to assist” in the hunt for the attacker.