A Los Angeles county city manager sparked outrage after posting a photo of Malcolm X and reading ‘chickens come home to roost’ following the ambush shooting of two Los Angles police officers.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies – one the 31-year-old mother of a six-year-old boy, the other a 24-year-old man – were shot inside their police vehicle at the Metro Blue Line station at Willowbrook Avenue and Oak Street in Compton, Los Angeles, by a male suspect who then fled the scene.
The incident occurred at about 7pm Saturday night.
Both officers were shot in the head and are said to be in stable condition now.
On Sunday, Lynwood, California’s city manager Jose Ometeotl, took to his personal Instagram account to post his thoughts about the shooting.
Ometeotl shared a meme of Malcolm X, which read ‘chickens come home to roost.’
Lynwood, California’s city manager Jose Ometeotl (pictured), drew outrage after he posted about the ambush shooting of two LA police officers on his Instagram page
Ometeotl’s comments about ‘good’ and ‘bad’ deputies and ‘deputy gangs’ were captured by a reporter, leading to the city manager taking his Instagram account private
He then wrote that ‘The shooting of anyone is a wholly unacceptable occurrence in society. I do not condone the type of violence seen in the shooting of the deputies yesterday in Compton.’
But, he went on to discuss what he called ‘deputy gangs’ that operated in the neighborhood and distinguishing between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ deputies.
‘I will say that communities like Compton have been plagued by deputy gangs that inflict fear and violence in the community,’ Ometeotl wrote, according to Heavy.
‘These deputies murdered, framed and stole from the community just because they could. Good deputies never turned on bad deputies for fear of retaliation and when caught most of these bad deputies kept their jobs and continued on their criminal career.’
He finished the post with a demand for justice for people who were killed by police.
‘The fact that someone randomly opened fire on deputies is to be expected in the society we live in today,’ Ometeotl added.
‘The political climate and leadership of Sheriff Villanueva has only sowed the seeds of anger and frustration in the community. I pray for the deputies and their families while still demanding justice for Andres Guardado, Breona Taylor, Tamir Rice, Ahmaud Arbery…’
Ometeotl shared a meme of Malcolm X in his post, reading ‘chickens come home to roost’
The city of Lynwood issued a statement saying Ometeotl’s views were personal and didn’t reflect those of the city council
Ometeotl’s social media post was found and screengrabbed by a Fox Los Angeles reporter, leading to Ometeotl taking his personal Instagram page private shortly afterwards.
Following Ometeotl’s statements making the rounds on social media, the City of Lynwood – which is near Compton – issued a statement clarifying that Ometeotl’s post didn’t reflect the city council’s thoughts.
‘There have been comments made today (Sunday) by our City Manager on his personal social media that are his personal opinions and don’t reflect the position of the Lynwood City Council,’ according to the City of Lynwood statement posted on Twitter Sunday.
The city then said that the ‘hard-working families,’ city employees and elected officials were sending ‘heartfelt prayers’ to the families of the deputies and praying for their recovery.
It’s unclear if Ometeotl will face any reprimands based on his statements, although a petition has been started urging him to resign.
The officers’ shooting was caught on CCTV. The gunman was seen walking up to the police car and firing straight into the vehicle.
A still from the video, shared by the Fox LA reporter, showed the female deputy with what looked like blood on her shirt.
According to the reporter, authorities said that the female deputy was ‘shot through jaw, still radioed for help & applied tourniquet to male deputy’s wounds.’
Police have now released a description of the shooting suspect, who fled the scene.
He is being described as a ‘male Black, 28 to 30-years-old, wearing dark clothing.’
Police said that he was last seen ‘heading northbound on Willowbrook Avenue in a black four-door sedan.’
Authorities are also searching for the driver of the sedan, which could be a black Mercedes, MyNewsLA reported.
Newly emerged footage shows police patrol cars rushing to the scene in Compton on Saturday night
Bystanders filmed as the officers rushed to the aid of their injured colleagues, shot by a gunman in an unprovoked attack
The smiling man narrates to the camera. ‘Compton. N***** just aired the police out,’ he says. That’s crazy. Damn. It goes down in Compton’
Video taken from the incident showed the enormous police response to the shooting, as well as reactions of crowds of people looking on as, sirens blazing, officers raced to help their wounded colleagues.
A bystander narrated the action, saying ‘Compton. N***** just aired the police out’ and added ‘That’s crazy. Damn. It goes down in Compton.’
The smiling cameraman also said: ‘It’s going up. Somebody bust on their a**. Somebody bust on the police. Two sheriffs shot in the face. Two sheriffs shot in the face – they tripping.
‘Somebody just ran up on the corner and bust on their a**, right through the window’
He then concludes, grinning: ‘It’s a wrap.’
On Sunday the Los Angeles Times reported that one of the two officers had managed to radio for help.
Moments after the gunman runs away, the passenger door of the patrol car opens and a deputy stumbles out, hand on head.
The driver’s-side door opens soon after.
On the radio, according to footage reviewed by the paper, a shaky voice mutters: ‘998 Compton Pax.’
Recognizing the code for a deputy-involved shooting, a dispatcher asks: ‘Just happened?’
‘Compton Pax, deputies down,’ the voice says, almost unintelligibly. ‘Compton Pax 998.’
Donald Trump on Sunday said the man who opened fire should face a ‘fast trial death penalty’ if the deputies die.
Speaking at a rally in Nevada on Sunday night, he said: ‘If you murder a police officer, you should receive the death penalty.’
To loud cheers, he continued: ‘I just saw a video of that animal who went up to the car. They were unsuspecting, fine people – very fine people.’
Heavily-armed police officers were seen arriving on the scene in Compton
The two officers were shot as they sat in their patrol car shortly before 7pm on Saturday
Detectives are pictured arriving at the scene of Saturday night’s shooting in Compton
A large group of detectives arrived to inspect the scene of the shooting, near the bus terminal
Detectives are pictured arriving at the scene of Saturday’s shooting in Compton
He earlier called the shooter an ‘animal’ who needed to be ‘hit hard’ as the FBI was called in to help investigate.
The president tweeted: ‘If they die, fast trial death penalty for the killer. Only way to stop this!’
He had retweeted his son Donald Jr. who shared the footage, writing: ‘Please pray for these two Sheriff Deputies. Their lives matter!!! #BlueLivesMatter.’
Joe Biden said: ‘This cold-blooded shooting is unconscionable and the perpetrator must be brought to justice. Violence of any kind is wrong; those who commit it should be caught and punished. Jill and I are keeping the deputies and their loved ones in our hearts and praying for a full recovery.’
Kamala Harris added: ‘Doug and I are keeping the two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies in our hearts as they currently fight for their lives after a horrific attack last night. The perpetrator must be brought to justice.’
The Los Angeles County board of supervisors has offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the gunman.
Shameful footage said to have been taken outside St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood on Saturday night shows as one protester yells: ‘I want to deliver a message to the family of the pigs, I hope they f***ing die.’ The protesters had been connected to the Black Lives Matter movement on Twitter but that has not been officially confirmed.
Another demonstrator tells police: ‘Y’all gonna die one by one. This ain’t gonna stop.’
On Sunday the LA county sheriffs office tweeted: ‘To the protesters blocking the entrance & 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 & EXITS TO THE HOSPITAL.
On Sunday the LA county sheriffs office tweeted about the protests outside the hospital
Protesters have blocked the entrance to the hospital where the two Los Angeles sheriff’s deputies ambushed in a shooting Saturday are fighting for their lives, chanting: ‘We hope they f***ing die’
‘People’s lives are at stake when ambulances can’t get through.’
One local faith leader had told KABC: ‘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. Unacceptable behavior, because a hospital should be a sanctuary.’
A radio reporter who was near the protest scene was taken into custody, KABC-TV reported. The sheriff’s department later tweeted that the reporter interfered with the arrest of a male protester.
Police later added: ‘After deputies issued a dispersal order for the unlawful assembly of a group of protesters blocking the hospital emergency entrance & exits, a male adult protester refused to comply & cooperate…
‘During his arrest, a struggle ensued at which time a female adult ran towards the deputies, ignored repeated commands to stay back as they struggled with the male and interfered with the arrest…
‘The female adult, who was later identified as a member of the press, did not identify herself as press and later admitted she did not have proper press credentials on her person. Both individuals have been arrested for 148 P.C.’
Video released by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department shows the moment that male suspect opened fire on two deputies at a Compton bus station
After shooting multiple rounds at the deputies, the male ran away
A radio reporter who was near the protest scene was taken into custody, KABC-TV reported. The sheriff’s department later tweeted that the reporter interfered with the arrest of a male protester
President Trump said that ‘animals’ must be ‘hit hard’ after the Los Angeles sheriff’s department released video of the gunman who opened fire on two deputies
Video released by the sheriff’s department Saturday shows the suspect walking up to the car and immediately opening fire on the male and female officers before running off.
‘The gunman walked up on the deputies and opened fire without warning or provocation,’ the department said in a post.
Both deputies sustained multiple gunshot wounds and are in critical condition, according to the department’s Twitter account.
Both graduated from the academy 14 months ago. Neither have been officially named.
During the press conference, Sheriff Villanueva said that the two deputies initiated radio contact after they were shot. They were transported with the assistance of other deputies,’ he shared.
‘That was a cowardly act,’ Villanueva added.
‘The two deputies were doing their job, minding their own business, watching out for the safety of the people on the train.’
‘Seeing somebody just walk up and start shooting on them. It p***es me off. It dismays me at the same time. There’s no pretty way to say it.’
Footage of the protesters surrounding the hospital where they are being treated sparked outrage online.
@themetskipper wrote: ‘This is the result of the anti police narrative.’
Capt. Kent Wegner said: ‘He walked along the passenger side of the car. He acted as if he was going to walk past the car and then he made a left turn directly toward the car, raised a pistol and fired several rounds inside of the vehicle, striking both of the sheriff’s deputies.’
During the press conference, Sheriff Villanueva said that the two deputies initiated radio contact after they were shot
The two deputies, a male and female officer with the Transit Services Bureau, have undergone surgery
‘Moments ago, 2 of our Sheriff Deputies were shot in Compton and were transported to a local hospital,’ the department said in a Saturday night Twitter post.
‘They are both still fighting for their lives, so please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
‘We will update this thread with information as it becomes available.’
Police on Sunday were still hunting the shooter.
They said: ‘The suspect is described as a male Black 28-30 years-old, wearing dark clothing.’
He was last seen in a black, four door sedan, cops said.
The FBI has shared that they are now assisting in the search for the gunman.
‘FBI Los Angeles has offered resources and stands ready to assist in response to reports of an attack on @lasdhq deputies tonight,’ FBI Los Angeles said on Twitter.
Capt. Wegener said officers were blanketing the area in search of the suspect seen on the video opening fire with a pistol.
‘We have a very, very generic description,’ he said.
LAPD Chief Michael Moore tweeted: ‘Tonight we pray for these two guardians to survive. I recognize and acknowledge we live in troubled times. But we must as a community work thru our differences while loudly and resoundly condemn violence. Blessed are the Peacemakers.’