U.S. President Donald Trump retweeted shocking video of the attack and wrote: “Animals that must be hit hard!”
Video shows a man repeatedly shooting at the male and female officer from the Transit Services Bureau in their patrol car outside the city’s Metro Blue Line station.
Footage shows the unidentified shooter open firing on the passenger side of the patrol vehicle, leaving both the male and female deputy with head wounds.
The suspect got off a bus at the station and then carried out the attack before fleeing on foot.
“At this point we have a very very generic description of a dark-skinned male and that came from one the victims,” Captain Kent Wegener told news conference.
The L.A. county sheriff’s department tweeted: “One male deputy and one female deputy were ambushed as they sat in their patrol vehicle.
“Both sustained multiple gunshot wounds and are in critical condition. They are currently being treated.”
Sheriff Alex Villanueva said one deputy was a 31-year-old mother of a six-year-old son and her husband is with her at the hospital.
The other deputy is a 24-year-old male and his parents and girlfriend are at the hospital.