With few details available about the suspect who ambushed two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies on Saturday night, officials turned to the community on Sunday.
“We really need the public’s help in apprehending the suspect,” Deputy Juanita Navarro said. “There’s a very dangerous individual free right now. Our main goal is utilizing all our resources to locate him — and we’re not going to stop.”
The shooting on Saturday evening, which left two deputies critically injured and hospitalized, attracted national attention from prominent Republicans and Democrats.
During a news conference on Saturday, the Sheriff’s Department said the deputies were fighting for their lives. On Sunday morning, a spokeswoman for the department said there was no update from the prior night.
Reacting to a video of the shooting, which shows a person walking up to the deputies’ cruiser and shooting at them through the window before running away, President Donald Trump tweeted on Saturday night: “Animals that must be hit hard!”
The next day, his son Donald Trump Jr., called for folks to pray for the deputies, tweeting, “Their lives matter!!!”
If they die, fast trial death penalty for the killer. Only way to stop this! https://t.co/K3sKh28GjX
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 13, 2020
The president responded, tweeting: “If they die, fast trial death penalty for the killer. Only way to stop this!”
Joe Biden, the Democratic nominee for president, also weighed in on Twitter, writing: “This cold-blooded shooting is unconscionable and the perpetrator must be brought to justice. Violence of any kind is wrong; those who commit it should be caught and punished. Jill and I are keeping the deputies and their loved ones in our hearts and praying for a full recovery.”
This cold-blooded shooting is unconscionable and the perpetrator must be brought to justice.
Violence of any kind is wrong; those who commit it should be caught and punished.
Jill and I are keeping the deputies and their loved ones in our hearts and praying for a full recovery. https://t.co/330QfeIUGg
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 13, 2020
Anyone with information about the shooting was encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Anonymous tips can be left for L.A. Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477), or at http://lacrimestoppers.org.
On Saturday night, anti-police protesters gathered outside the hospital where the deputies were being treated on Saturday, resulting in two arrests, including one of a local radio reporter, KPCC’s Josie Huang.
Huang was accused of obstructing justice; she said she was trying to document a protester’s arrest.
Source: Orange County Register