Two Los Angeles police officers are in a critical condition after being shot in what police are calling an ambush.
Video of the incident shows a figure approach the officers’ vehicle, before opening fire and running away.
The officers involved in the shooting have not been named, but have been described as a 31-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man.
“One male deputy and one female deputy were ambushed as they sat in their patrol vehicle. Both sustained multiple gunshot wounds and are in critical condition. They are both currently undergoing surgery. The suspect is still at large,” LA County Sheriffs tweeted.
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Los Angeles Sheriff Alex Villanueva called the act “cowardly”. The suspect remains at large.
Protesters shouted anti-police slogans and blocked the entrance to the emergency room where the two officers are being treated, police and witnesses said.
Two people were arrested, including a journalist who police said tried to interfere with the arrest of the other detainee and did not identify herself as a member of the press.