Two LA sheriff's deputies shot sitting in auto in 'unprovoked' attack

"They are both now undergoing surgery".

"The deputies, a 24-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman, were both in critical condition and "fighting for their lives" as they underwent surgery following the attack, which occurred around 7 p.m. local time outside a Metro rail station in Compton, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department".

The department shared video of the incident in a Twitter post that shows a person open fire through the passenger-side window of the patrol vehicle. "Both sustained multiple gunshot wounds and are in critical condition", tweeted the Sheriff's Department.

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Sheriff Alex Villanueva told a press conference today: "At approx 7pm this evening... two deputies were ambushed by a gunman in a cowardly fashion". According to Wegener, the deputies were able to radio for help.

Law enforcement sources said the shooter walked up to the deputies' parked SUV, opened fire through a passenger window and ran off. Investigators have a description of a vehicle that fled the scene.

"They are both still fighting for their lives, so please keep them in your thoughts and prayers", LA Sheriff's wrote on social media. The skirmish continued until the suspect was shot twice by deputies and died. Villanueva said he had sworn them in about 14 months earlier.

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"This is just a sombre reminder that this is a risky job".

Officers were blanketing the area, in the vicinity of the Compton sheriff's station, in search of the suspect. "There's no pretty way to say it".

FBI Los Angeles tweeted it has "offered resources and stands ready to assist" in response to the attack.

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