Two police officers were shot multiple times Saturday while in their car in Los Angeles, in an attack described as an “ambush” by the Sheriff’s Department of the city. 

 

The authorities said “The gunman walked up on the deputies and opened fire without warning or provocation. ”

The officers who were shot were described as a 31-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man.The female officer, who is mother to a 6 year old boy,  was shot in the jaw and arms and is in a critical but stable condition after undergoing surgery, while the male officer was hit in the forehead, and arms and is now being described as alert.

“This is just a sombre reminder that this is a dangerous job. Actions, words have consequences and our job does not get easier because people don’t like law enforcement,” LA Sheriff Villanueva said.

The Sheriff’s Department later tweeted that protesters blocked the entrance and exit of the local hospital’s Emergency Room shouting “We hope they die” in reference to the injured officers.