"One male deputy and one female deputy were ambushed as they sat in their patrol vehicle", the tweet read.
Two Los Angeles sheriff's deputies are fighting for their lives after being ambushed and shot in their auto Saturday night in Compton, Calif.
The deputies were sitting in their patrol auto when a gunman approached them from the side, opened fire into the vehicle, then fled the scene.
In a press briefing on Saturday night, Sheriff Alex Villanueva and Capt. Kent Wegener said the suspect had acted as if he was going to walk past the vehicle but raised his gun instead and shot multiple times hitting both deputies.
"The gunman walked up on the deputies and opened fire without warning or provocation", a department statement said.
Villanueva did not identify the deputies but did say that one of the deputies who were shot were a 31-year-old mother of a 6-year-old boy and a 24-years old who was recently sworn into office about 14 months ago.
"It pisses me off".
Protesters shouted anti-police slogans and blocked the entrance to the emergency room where the two officers are being treated, police and witnesses said. "People's lives are at stake when ambulances can't get through". 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.
The shooting occurred only two days after a nearby incident in which Sheriff's deputy shot and killed a man who allegedly fired on him as he was serving a search warrant. "The suspect is still at large", LA County Sheriffs tweeted.
Capt. Kent Wegner said during a press conference that the suspect came up behind the vehicle and walked along the passenger side, acting like he would walk past the auto.
"At this point we have a very, very generic description of a dark-skinned male and that came from one of the victims", Captain Kent Wegener said at a news conference.
The US Justice Department will assist sheriff's investigators with "all federal tools available", department spokesperson Kerri Kupec said on Twitter.
The LA Sheriff's Department said both officers were undergoing surgery at about 8 p.m. local time.