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2 LA County Sheriff’s Deputies Shot In Ambush Attack Over The Weekend, KPCC Reporter Arrested While Covering The Events




KPCC/LAist correspondent Josie Huang being detained while reporting by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department personnel on September 12, 2020.
KPCC/LAist correspondent Josie Huang being detained while reporting by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department personnel on September 12, 2020.
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The Sheriff's Department has announced a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who shot two L.A. County deputies around 7 p.m. Saturday while sitting in a patrol car parked near the Willowbrook Metro station in Compton, according to authorities. He is described as a male between the ages of 28-30. Both deputies underwent surgery Saturday night and remained in critical condition on Sunday. 

Sheriff Alex Villanueva said one deputy was a 31-year-old mother of a six-year-old son. The other deputy is a 24-year-old male. The sheriff said both had been sworn into the department 14 months ago.

Villanueva said they called in the shooting themselves and were alert when taken to St. Francis Hospital in Lynwood. According to the sheriff's department, the deputies were "ambushed as they sat in their patrol vehicle." Sheriff’s deputies arrested KPCC/LAist Correspondent Josie Huang late Saturday while she was covering the latest on the shootings. Even as she was being thrown to the ground, Huang — who was wearing a lanyard with her press credential hanging from her neck — was recording the encounter. In a video that continued to film after her phone was knocked from her hand, Huang can be heard repeatedly identifying herself as a reporter and shouting “KPCC” several times. You also can hear Huang yelling "you're hurting me" and crying out in pain. The incident occurred outside St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, where the two deputies were being treated for gunshot wounds. Huang had just finished covering a 10 p.m. news conference by Villanueva and other department officials. Today on AirTalk, we get the latest details. 

With files from LAist. Read more here

KPCC/LAist reporter Josie Huang posted her account of the incident on Twitter. You can read more on her arrest here

We reached out to L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva. LASD did not get back to us by the airing of this segment

Guests:

Claudia Peschiutta, longtime reporter for Southern-California news station KNX; she tweets @ReporterClaudia

Frank Stoltze, KPCC correspondent who covers criminal justice and public safety issues; he tweets @stoltzefrankly