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Reward for gunman who shot 2 LA deputies up to $275,000

Victims expected to survive, officials say

A screen grab from a security camera video released the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department shows a gunman walking up to sheriff's deputies and opening fire without warning or provocation in Compton, Calif., on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. Officials say two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies were shot in their patrol car at a Metro rail station in what appeared to be an ambush. The sheriff's department said the male and female deputies were shot in the head and had multiple gunshot wounds and were undergoing surgery. Deputies were searching for a suspect. (Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department via AP)
A screen grab from a security camera video released the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department shows a gunman walking up to sheriff's deputies and opening fire without warning or provocation in Compton, Calif., on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. Officials say two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies were shot in their patrol car at a Metro rail station in what appeared to be an ambush. The sheriff's department said the male and female deputies were shot in the head and had multiple gunshot wounds and were undergoing surgery. Deputies were searching for a suspect. (Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department via AP)

A reward of $275,000 dollars is now being offered for information about the shooter who opened fire on two Los Angeles County deputies this past weekend.

As authorities search for the culprit, the victims are expected to survive in what officials are calling a “miracle,” CNN reports

Video shows a female Los Angeles County deputy applying a tourniquet to her partner shortly after the two were ambushed and shot several times Saturday by a lone gunman.

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“There is no place in our society for the violence we saw, you know, blessed are the peacekeepers,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said.

The deputies were both in intensive care Tuesday after suffering wounds to their heads and arms.

“There’s definitely going to be a very painful path for them, but thankfully no vital organs (were struck), and so their prognosis is good,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said.

Video captures deputy helping her partner after ambush in California
Video captures deputy helping her partner after ambush in California

As the deputies are hospitalized, one local activist has voiced support for the act of violence.

“This right here enlightens my heart because the Sheriff’s Department has murdered too many of our brothers and sisters,” said Kevin Wharton Price, of LA’s Africa Town Coalition. “If this is a start of retribution, then I think this is a very good start.”

That’s a stance denounced by officials.

“There is no excuse for that. There is no excuse for the violence against the officers, period,” Rep. Karen Bass said.

“We have bad apples in every organization, just as we do in law enforcement. We hold them accountable. I’m not going to tolerate crossing the line, but at the same time I’m not going to throw out the overwhelming majority deputies who are doing the right thing for the right reason,” Villanueva said.

During a radio interview with KABC, Villanueva called on NBA basketball star LeBron James to add to the reward being offered for information regarding the suspect.

James has recently made public comments about race relations and police-involved shootings and the impact they have on Black communities.

So far, there’s been no comment from James or his team, the Los Angeles Lakers.