President Trump called the suspect in the ambush shooting of two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies “animals” as he continued a three-day swing through western states to push his law-and-order platform.
“Animals that must be hit hard!,” the president posted on Twitter early Sunday morning after a campaign speech in Nevada.
The two deputies were reportedly clinging to life after being shot at point-blank range through the window of their patrol car on Saturday in Compton by a lone gunman.
The suspect in the shooting of the two officers – one a 31-year-old mother and the other a 24-year-old man – was still at large.
Law enforcement authorities said the two were “both still fighting for their lives.”
Protesters gathered outside the hospital and blocked the entrance and exit of the emergency room and chanted “we hope they die,” the sheriff’s department said in a tweet.
The posting said the department warned the protesters not to block the entrances