'Compton cop ambush suspect' is pinned down by SWAT officers after carjacking and barricading himself in houseSeptember 16, 2020
A SWAT team in Los Angeles has pinned an armed carjacker suspected to be the gunman who shot two deputies in the head last week in Compton, reports claim.
Several law enforcement sources said an armed carjacker who led LA County authorities on a high-speed chase on Tuesday is connected to the ambush that left two deputies clinging to life in California.
Claudia Apolinar, 31, and her 24-year-old male colleague were shot while sitting in their patrol car outside the Metro Blue Line station at Willowbrook Avenue at around 7pm on Saturday.
Apolinar was reportedly shot in the jaw and torso – both deputies survived and are said to be in stable condition at St Francis Medical Center.
Shocking surveillance footage captured the moment the mom-of-one saved her partner's life by applying a tourinquet to his wounds after he was shot in the head.
The suspect was seen approaching the patrol car from behind, then walking up to the passenger side of the vehicle before pulling out a handgun and firing thorough the window.
The gunman is then seen fleeing the scene.
Authorities are now on a manhunt for the shooter, who they believe to be between 28 and 30 years old.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva told several news outlets that the suspect is not linked to the ambush shooting of the transit deputies.
During the chase on Tuesday, the suspect reportedly jumped out of the vehicle and ran into a home in Lynwood.
Cops swarmed the city and evacuated an area during a search, while deputies in tactical gear and others driving SWAT vehicles also responded, according to Fox News.
Despite the reports of the suspect being connected to the Compton ambush, sheriff's officials haven't confirmed anything.
Officials from the sheriff's department would only confirm to Fox News that authorities were looking for a carjacking suspect.
“At this time, it’s just a carjacking suspect, but it’s really important that we apprehend him and ID him to see if there’s any nexus with the ambush,” Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez told City News Service.
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