Sheriff Alex Villanueva said while authorities don't have a detailed suspect description, one of the deputies described the shooter as a "dark-skinned male".
"Words have consequences", Villanueva said.
Both deputies suffered multiple gunshot wounds.
Following the attack, the deputies were taken to a local hospital and underwent surgery.
They say the suspect fired several rounds, striking both of the deputies as they sat inside the vehicle.
"I want everyone to have a prayer for them for their recovery at this time", said Villanueva at a Saturday night press conference.
A handful of protesters gathered outside the hospital where the injured deputies were being treated. "They were both critically injured, multiple gunshot wounds, they're now being treated for at the hospital". "And our job does not get any easier because people don't like law enforcement", he added, referencing the nationwide protests against police violence that have been taking place since May, following the police killing of George Floyd. The department said on Twitter that some of those protesters blocked entrances and exits at the hospital, but that could not be independently verified.
She said she would respond to claims on Twitter by the Sheriff's Department that she didn't have proper press credentials. Both officers were revealed to be in critical condition and are both were heading to surgery as a result. Huang is a reporter for the Los Angeles NPR station KPCC, as well as for the news publication LAist.
A local radio reporter was also apparently arrested amid the chaos. NPR's Editorial Director Nancy Barnes said the network was "appalled" by the arrest of a reporter doing her job.
In an early morning tweet, Trump called for a forceful response to the incident.
The Los Angeles Times reported Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-South Los Angeles) assured the community that the shooter will be caught. The police department initially refused to provide details of what happened, but later, Deputy Juanita Navarro of the Sheriff's Information Bureau confirmed that deputies took Huang into custody on suspicion of obstruction of justice by "interfering with a lawful arrest".
In the Compton area, two recent shooting by sheriff's deputies have sparked angry protests. The sheriff's department has alleged anarchists and outside agitators have been instigating nighttime clashes with deputies.
"Animals that must be hit hard!" the president said.
"If [the deputies] die, fast trial death penalty for the killer".
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