President Trump called the suspect in the ambush shooting of two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies “animals” as he continued a three-day swing through western states to push his law-and-order platform.
“Animals that must be hit hard!,” the president posted on Twitter early Sunday morning after a campaign speech in Nevada.
And in another Tweet, Trump said if the deputies die the suspect should receive the ultimate penalty.
“If they die, fast trial death penalty for the killer. Only way to stop this!,” he said.
Trump’s Democratic challenger Joe Biden also addressed the shooting, calling for the shooter to be “brought to justice.”
“This cold-blooded shooting is unconscionable and the perpetrator must be brought to justice,” the former vice president wrote on Twitter. “Violence of any kind is wrong; those who commit it should be caught and punished.”
He also said that he and his wife, Jill Biden, “are keeping the deputies and their loved ones in our hearts and praying for a full recovery.”
The two deputies were reportedly clinging to life after being shot at point-blank range through the window of their patrol car on Saturday in Compton by a lone gunman.