That’s what a video of the attack shows. A person approaches the Los Angeles police vehicle, fires and flees, in an act that the sheriff of that American city called “coward”.
The attacker remains at large and has yet to be identified. The shot agents are hospitalized in serious condition in the hospital, where, according to the Los Angeles police, a group of protesters who shouted anti-police slogans and blocked the entrance to the emergency room in which the two victims entered were joined.
Nearly 40 US police officers were killed in the course of their duties in 2020, eight of whom, according to FBI statistics, were ambushed.
“An agent and an agent were ambushed while in their patrol car. Both of them suffered several injuries from the bullets fired and are in critical condition. Both are undergoing surgical intervention. The suspect is still at large, “tweeted the LA sheriffs.
“This is just another dark reminder that this is dangerous work. Actions and words have consequences and our work doesn’t get any easier because people don’t like the forces of law “, said Sheriff Villanueva.
US President Donald Trump, which made law and order a central theme of his candidacy for the presidency, shared the video of the attack on Twitter and commented: “Animals that must be hit hard”.
On the Democratic side, the attack was also condemned by California Congressman Adam Schiff on Twitter: “Every day, police officers put their lives on the line to protect our community. I hope that the perpetrator of this cowardly attack will be brought to justice quickly.”