Brittany's Beat: Los Angeles County deputies shot in an ambush

Shootings are an example of the kind of danger cops face every day

By: Brittany Jennings

Police officers are being hunted down on our streets because they wear the uniform.

Two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies are recovering from multiple gunshot wounds after being ambushed Saturday night in their patrol car at a Metro rail station in Compton, California.

Surveillance video footage shows an unidentified male opening fire on the passenger side of the patrol vehicle, shooting both the male and female deputies in the head and the face. The suspect then fled on foot.

The two officers - identified as a 31-year-old female deputy and 24-year-old male deputy - were taken to St. Francis Medical Center and are fighting for their lives. They are in critical condition but expected to survive the horrific attack. Both deputies were sworn in only 14 months ago.

“One is a mother of a 6-year-old boy. Her husband is here with them. The other one is a 24-year-old and the parents are here, the girlfriend is here. They are both out of class 437,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said.

“Our female deputy was hit at least once in the jaw and at least twice in the arm,” said Ron Hernandez, the President of the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs. “I think the male deputy was hit at least a couple of times in the arm also.”

During the press conference Saturday evening, Villanueva rightly expressed anger and frustration with the current anti-police rhetoric sweeping the country in the wake of the death of George Floyd in May.

"Two deputies were ambushed in a cowardly fashion,” Villanueva said.

"This is just a somber reminder that this is a dangerous job, and actions and words have consequences. Our job does not get any easier because people do not like law enforcement," he added.

"It pisses me off, it dismays me at the same time. There's no pretty way to say it," he said.

America’s police officers are being violently gunned down on our streets in front of our eyes almost on a weekly basis. The Compton gunman is a monster. He is part of the growing war on the police.

Officers are being pelted with glass bottles, bricks, rocks, fireworks and Molotov cocktails thrown by demonstrators all over the country.

This is sickening. It’s time our politicians, especially Democrat mayors and governors, stop demonizing our police and start putting justice and public safety ahead of these thugs.

Furthermore, an angry mob showed up to the hospital where the two deputies were being treated.

"To the protesters blocking the entrance [and] exit of the HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOM yelling 'We hope they die' referring to 2 LA Sheriff's ambushed today in #Compton: DO NOT BLOCK EMERGENCY ENTRIES [AND] EXITS TO THE HOSPITAL. People's lives are at stake when ambulances can't get through," the LA County Sheriff's Department wrote on Twitter.

A video posted online showed the swarming mob yelling outside of the hospital, “I hope they f------ die.”

“Y'all gonna die one by one. This ain't gonna stop,” a man could be heard shouting in the video.

The protesters were spewing vile, evil hatred for the police. They should – and must - be condemned.

Bishop Juan Carlos Mendez saw the crowd and told a local reporter from ABC7 Eyewitness News, that the protesters tried to enter the emergency room.

"They were saying 'Death to the police' and 'Kill the police,' and these are sheriffs, but the message is still the same. They were using all types of curse words and derogatory terms," he said. "Unacceptable behavior, because a hospital should be a sanctuary."

Bishop Mendez is correct. Yet, this begs the question: When will the harassment, physical and verbal attacks on law enforcement end? It will end when the death penalty is imposed for cop killers and when thugs, like the one who shot the two deputies in the head, are sentenced to maximum prison terms. Law and order must be restored.

The recent killings of police officers and the attempted murder of the LA County sheriff’s deputies have shined a spotlight on the issue. According to FBI statistics, nearly 40 officers have been killed in the line of duty this year - eight were victims of an ambush.

President Donald Trump said at a recent rally in Nevada, “We also believe that if you murder a police officer you should receive the death penalty.”

Trump is right. Cops killers should get what they deserve: the death penalty.

Enough is enough.

-Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.

Brittany Jennings is host of "The Brittany Jennings Show" on WRKO AM-680 in Boston. Her show airs 5:00-8:00 pm on Saturday.