LOS ANGELES – A manhunt was underway Sunday for the gunman who shot two sheriff's deputies in an apparent ambush, hours after hundreds of demonstrators gathered to protest the shooting death of Dijon Kizzee by members of the sheriff's department.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva expressed frustration over anti-police sentiment and urged people to pray for the officers.
“It pisses me off,” he said of the shooting. “This was a cowardly act.”
The sheriff’s department released video that shows someone walking up to a patrol car parked near a Metro station in Compton about 7 p.m. Saturday. The person opens fire and runs from the scene. Villanueva said the deputies, a 31-year-old female and a 24-year-old male, were shot multiple times but were able to radio for help.
Both were hospitalized in critical condition at St. Francis Medical Center. Villanueva's press conference at the hospital a few hours later drew more protests.