Sheriff challenges Lakers star LeBron James to match reward in search for shooter of LA County officers
On Saturday, two officers of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) Transit Services Bureau were shot at the Compton PAX station, a local radio outlet.
A man reportedly hopped off a bus, shot the officers in the head, then fled. The LASD officers were hospitalized after the shooting.
“Moments ago, 2 of our Sheriff Deputies were shot in Compton and were transported to a local hospital,” the LASD announced in a statement. “They are both still fighting for their lives, so please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. We will update this thread with information as it becomes available.”
NEW: Sheriff Villanueva says one deputy is a 31 year old mom of a 6 year old boy, other is 24 year old male. Says both deputies are out of surgery with multiple gun shot wounds & critical. Says this is now a growing trend of police being targeted in current climate. @FOXLA
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) September 13, 2020
The shooting sparked protests in the area, including a wave of people who blocked the entrance of the emergency room where the victims were being treated.
L.A. County has posted a $100,000 reward for the arrest of the shooter, and private citizens have put up $75,000. During an appearance on KABC Radio Monday, LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva then challenged the Lakers forward to match the total of $175,000 to help the search for the shooter.
On @KABCRadio, @LACoSheriff challenges LeBron James to match current reward amount of $175,000, in search for shooter of two @LASDHQ deputies.
Sheriff says, "the fact that they survived death is a miracle."https://t.co/lzYpNmeBju
— 790 KABC (@KABCRadio) September 14, 2020
LeBron James has been an outspoken advocate against racial injustice and police brutality, among other social issues such as voter suppression. The Lakers superstar has not public responded to Villanueva’s challenge, but it will certainly not take long for LBJ to respond.
LeBron, the Lakers and the whole NBA have been active in the bubble in fighting social injustices, with players using their platform and media coverage to speak out on issues that matter to them.