TWITTER users identified Los Angeles resident Darnell Hicks as a suspect in the shooting of two California police officers.
Hicks denied these claims and the LA county Sheriff’s department debunked the identification of the suspect, claiming that there are no named or wanted suspects as of yet.
Video shows a suspect pulling up to the police vehicle and opening fire[/caption]
Here is more on the Compton shooting that occurred on Saturday.
Who is Darnell Hicks?
Twitter users had identified Darnell Hicks of Los Angeles as the suspect involved in the shooting of two California police officers.
What happened in Compton?
Video of the footage shows a man repeatedly shooting at the 24-year-old male and 31-year-old female officer from the Transit Services Bureau in their patrol car outside the city’s Metro Blue Line station.
The suspect walked up to the passengers side of the vehicle and opened fire, striking the deputies and leaving them with head wounds.
The shooting occurred Saturday night[/caption]
A Twitter account by the name of Matthew shared a video on Twitter of Hicks denying his involvement in the shooting saying: “I was out dirt biking all Saturday.
“This don’t even sound right.
“And whoever the shooter is has a ponytail or some type of hair. And I don’t have hair didn’t get a haircut.
“So Please, clear my name bro,” he said.
What did the Los Angeles Sheriff’s department say?
The official Twitter account of the LA county Sheriff’s department issued a statement claiming that they have yet to find the suspect involved in the shooting.
“Currently, there is a social media post that is being circulated which identifies a male out of the Los Angeles area as the suspect responsible for the ambush of our 2 deputies yesterday.
“This is ERRONEOUS information and there are no named or wanted suspects at this time,” read the tweet.
Los Angeles Sheriff Alex Villanueva addressing the press[/caption]
Who were the officers shot?
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.
He said both had been sworn into the department just 14 months ago.
Their identities have yet to be revealed.
The two deputies initiated radio contact after they were shot and were rushed to hospital with the assistance of other deputies, he said.
The department said it has yet to make any arrests as the investigation is still ongoing[/caption]
“This is just a somber reminder that this is a dangerous job, and actions and words have consequences,” said Sheriff Villanueva
“Our job does not get any easier because people do not like law enforcement. It pisses me off, it dismays me at the same time. There’s no pretty way to say it.”
The department has offered a reward of $100,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspect.
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What did President Trump say of the shooting?
President Donald Trump retweeted the shocking video of the attack and wrote: “Animals that must be hit hard!” in reference to those who harm police officers.
The attack of the two deputies comes after months of civil unrest nationwide over the death of George Floyd which sparked protests calling to end police brutality.
Black Lives Matter demonstrators have often clashed with the Blue Lives Matter movement, which is a group aimed to show support of police officers in the US.
The Sheriff’s Twitter account debunked rumors of a suspect being named[/caption]
Onlookers at the scene of the accident[/caption]
Police investigating the shooting[/caption]