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LA Sheriff Cites 'Promising Leads' In Hunt For Man Who Shot Two Deputies

Sheriff Alex Villanueva addressed the news media hours after two of his deputies were shot multiple times in Compton on Saturday, Sept. 12. (Josie Huang/LAist)
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Detectives have "promising leads" in the hunt for a man who ambushed two Sheriff's deputies in their parked patrol car Saturday night, Sheriff Alex Villanueva told NBC4 today.

Meanwhile, a video has surfaced that shows the 31-year-old female tending to the 24-year-old male deputy after they were shot at the Compton Metro station. NBC4 said it's Metro security video.

"He’s bleeding out profusely from the arm, so she actually applies the tourniquet to his arm to stop the bleeding," Villanueva told KTLA 5 today. "She tries to call for help on the radio and she’s trying to mumble and finally she says where she’s at."

The deputies are recovering at St. Francis Medical Center, in critical but stable condition, according to the Sheriff's department.

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Villanueva told NBC4 the suspect fled in a black Mercedes sedan.

Meanwhile, the reward for information leading to the suspect is growing. The county is offering $100,000, and Villanueva said today that two private individuals have come forward to offer another $75,000. He then challenged Lakers star LeBron James to match that amount.

Noting James' support of the Black Lives Matter movement, the sheriff said in an interview on KABC radio that "respect for life goes across professions, across races, creeds, and I'd like to see LeBron James step up to the plate."

Metro has offered its own $25,000 reward.

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