What is America coming to? When two police officers, sitting in their patrol car are shot, point blank, by a lone gunman.

And then, witnesses jeer and cheer the shooting.

On Saturday night, September 12th, two LA County Sheriff’s deputies were sitting in their patrol car at a train station when a gunman walked up and opened fire through the window of the car.

The two LASD deputies, a man and a woman, were shot multiple times. Their names have not been released, but authorities said the woman is a 31-year-old mother of a 6-year-old boy and the man is 24. According to Sheriff Alex Villanueva, they were both sworn in just 14 months ago.

A Los Angeles reports tweeted “the female deputy was shot through jaw, still radioed for help & applied tourniquet to male deputy’s wounds.”

They were rushed to the hospital where they both underwent surgery. On Sunday, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said the deputies “survived the shooting and (are) recovering, a double miracle.”

Not everyone is hoping they live.

A witness at the scene, watching the police racing to the scene, recorded his own cellphone video saying “Compton. N***** just aired the police out.” That’s crazy. Damn. It goes down in Compton.’

Smiling, he adds: ‘It’s going up. Somebody bust on their a**. Somebody bust on the police. Two sheriffs shot in the face. Two sheriffs shot in the face – they tripping.”

‘Somebody just ran up on the corner and bust on their a**, right through the window’. He then concludes, grinning: ‘It’s a wrap.’

Protesters than gathered outside St. Francis Medical Center where the officers were being treated.

Videos from that scene recorded at least one person in the crowd yelling, “I hope they f-ing die.”

President Trump tweeted security footage of the shooting calling assailant and others who target police “Animals that must be hit hard.”

ABC reports there has been a 28 percent increase in officers killed so far this year. Seven of the U.S. officers killed were ambushed, according to the FBI data, including McAllen, Texas, police officers Edelmiro Garza, 45, and Ismael Chavez, 39, who died on July 11 when they responded to a disturbance call at a house and were met with gunfire.

Nineteen years ago to the day – not even a generation — on September 12th, the day after 9/11 — police officers were absolute heroes in this nation.

To many of us, they still are, dammit.

These men and women willingly put their lives on the line daily to protect our communities. We owe them a debt which can never fully be repaid.

We will hold those who abuse their power accountable, but understand they do not represent the entirety of those who serve to protect us.

We will always support those who serve honorably on the Thin Blue Line.

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