LA Sheriff’s in standoff with carjacking suspect ‘who may be linked to Compton shooter who ambushed and shot two LA deputies in the head’
- Two officers were shot multiple times while sat in their patrol car in an ambush in Compton Saturday night
- They were outside the Metro Blue Line station when a suspect walked up and shot them at close range
- Both officers – Claudia Apolinar, 31, and her 24-year-old male colleague – are in a stable condition in hospital
- Several cop sources told NBC Los Angeles an armed carjacker is connected to the ambush
- The man driving a light blue Toyota coupe led cops on a high speed chase through Lynwood Tuesday
- He crashed the car and fled on foot into a nearby home, as officers evacuated the area and prepared a search
- LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva has denied any connection between the carjacking and Saturday’s ambush
- Multiple sources said the two incidents are related and the man is wanted over the attack on the officers
The LA County Sheriff’s SWAT team have pinned down a man suspected to be the Compton shooter who shot two deputies in the head at the weekend, according to several law enforcement sources.
An armed carjacker who led cops on a high speed chase through the Lynwood area Tuesday is said to be connected to the ambush that left two LA deputies fighting for their lives.
Two officers – 31-year-old Claudia Apolinar and her 24-year-old male colleague – were shot multiple times as they sat inside their patrol car outside the Metro Blue Line station at Willowbrook Avenue and Oak Street Saturday night.
Shocking surveillance footage captured the moment the black male suspect strolled up to the police cruiser and gunned the officers down at close range before fleeing the scene on foot.
Both officers survived and are said to be in a stable condition in hospital while a massive manhunt is underway for the gunman, who authorities said is between the ages of 28 and 30.
The LA County Sheriff’s SWAT team have pinned down a man suspected to be the Compton shooter who ambushed and shot two deputies in the head at the weekend, according to several law enforcement sources. Pictured the scene of the carjacking
An armed carjacker who led cops on a high speed chase through the Lynwood area of Compton Tuesday is said to be connected to the ambush on LA deputies
Authorities are increasingly confident that a suspected carjacker involved in a police chase Tuesday was involved in Saturday’s attack on the law enforcement officers, law enforcement sources told NBC Los Angeles.
LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva has repeatedly denied any connection between the carjacking and the ambush on his deputies Saturday night.
Villanueva, who challenged LeBron James to match a reward to find the suspect, told NBC4 Tuesday the two incidents were unrelated.
However, multiple sources have confirmed the male suspect is wanted for the weekend ambush.
The armed suspect was driving a light blue Toyota coupe through Lynwood earlier Tuesday.
LA County Sheriff’s Department deputies were in hot pursuit of the vehicle, which the driver then crashed in the 3100 block of Carlin Avenue in Lynwood.
Police sources said the driver fled from the vehicle into a nearby home or condo.
Officers evacuated people out of the area as the SWAT team searched nearby homes.
It is not clear what initially led to the chase.
It was previously suggested that Saturday’s shooting was a revenge attack for one of the spate of recent deaths of black men and women at the hands of cops across America.
Apolinar, a mother of a six-year-old, and her colleague each sustained multiple gunshot wounds in Saturday’s attack.
The two cops – who both graduated from the Los Angeles Police Academy last year – both underwent surgery and are now in a stable condition.
Video released by cops showed the suspect approaching an LACSD vehicle parked outside the Metro Blue Line station and opening fire before he fled.
Despite taking multiple bullets – one to the face and several to her upper torso – Apolinar managed to get her partner to safety, apply a tourniquet and radio for help.
A photo of the aftermath of the attack shows Apolinar covered in blood, giving medical help to her injured partner who was also struck in the head.
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 before fleeing on foot
FOX11 obtained a photo (above) of the female deputy, who was described as a 31-year-old mother of a six-year-old boy, covered in blood after she was shot in the jaw helping her colleague in the Saturday shooting
A harrowing dispatch call reveals a shaky voice called in the shooting, muttering: ‘998 Compton Pax.’
Recognizing the code for a deputy-involved shooting, a dispatcher asks: ‘Just happened?’
The voice replies, almost unintelligibly, ‘Compton Pax, deputies down. Compton Pax 998.’
The suspect, meanwhile, is described as a black male between 28 and 30 years old.
He was wearing dark clothing at the time of the shooting and was last seen in a black four-door sedan.
Fox News reporter William la Jeunesse said Monday: ‘Los Angeles police will not say this publicly – but some believe this ambush was retaliation for some recent police shootings of black suspects in LA.’
Claudia Apolinar, 31, was identified as one of the gunned down officers. She graduated from the Police Academy last year
On August 31 black man Dijon Kizzee was shot and killed by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies after he was stopped for a traffic violation while riding a bike.
At the beginning of this month the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors also voted to ask the coroner to conduct an inquest into the fatal deputy shooting of 18-year-old Andres Guardado on June 18.
Thousands have taken to the streets demanding justice and calling for an end to police brutality and racism since May following the ‘murder’ of black man George Floyd by a Minneapolis cop who knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes until he passed out and died.
Floyd’s death reignited outrage over the death of EMT Breonna Taylor, 26, who was shot eight times while sleeping in her bed when three plain clothes officers performed a no-knock arrest warrant at her Louisville apartment on March 13.
In June, unarmed father Rayshard Brooks was shot dead while he ran away from cops in the drive-thru of a Wendy’s restaurant in Atlanta.
On August 23, Jacob Blake was shot seven times in the back by a white cop in front of his three young children, leaving the father-of-six paralyzed from the waist down.
A week later on August 30, Dijon Kizzee, 29, was gunned down in the street by LA cops who allegedly shot him 20 times and then handcuffed his dead body after trying to pull him over for an alleged bicycle code violation.
In early September, footage was released by the family of Daniel Prude, 41, showing cops in Rochester, New York, putting a spit hood over his face and pushing his face into the ground for two minutes until he passed out and died on March 23.
The Monroe County medical examiner listed the manner of death as homicide caused by ‘complications of asphyxia in the setting of physical restraint’ but no charges have been brought against any of the cops.