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The injuries to the Sheriff deputies were announced by the LA County Sheriffs Twitter account. The attack took place at around 7pm (3am BST) in California when a gunman was spotted walking up to a car and shooting the two deputies.
On Twitter police commented: “Moments ago, 2 of our Sheriff Deputies were shot in Compton and were transported to a local hospital.
“They are both still fighting for their lives, so please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.”
They later added: “One male deputy and one female deputy were ambushed as they sat in their patrol vehicle.
They also posted a video of the attack, and claimed the gunman “opened fire without warning or provocation”.
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In the video an individual approaches the side of a police patrol car and fires multiple times into the window.
There did not appear to be any interaction between the police and shooter prior to the assault.
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