Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., the Democratic presidential nominee, also denounced the shooting.
“Acts of lawlessness and violence directed against police officers are unacceptable, outrageous, and entirely counterproductive to the pursuit of greater peace and justice in America — as are the actions of those who cheer such attacks on,” he said in a statement on Sept. 13.
Video of the shooting showed a gunman approaching the passenger side of the car from behind, firing several rounds and then running away. Additional surveillance video showed one deputy exiting the passenger side of the patrol car, hand on head, according to The Los Angeles Times.
Deputy Juanita Navarro, a spokeswoman for Sheriff’s Department, said the deputies had been shot multiple times in the upper torso, which she said could include the head and face. She declined to elaborate.
Mr. Murray was linked to the shooting of the deputies after he was connected to an unrelated carjacking on Sept. 1, when he shot a man in the leg and took his Mercedes in Compton, Captain Wegener said.
Witnesses and video in the area where the deputies were shot indicated that the Mercedes that the gunman drove that day was the same one that had been carjacked on Sept. 1, Captain Wegener said. The carjacking suspect’s photograph, when compared with video of the man who shot the deputies, further strengthened the case against Mr. Murray, he said.
On Sept. 15, the authorities tried to arrest Mr. Murray in connection with the carjacking, but he drove off in a Toyota, prompting a police chase, Captain Wegener said. During that chase, he added, Mr. Murray threw a pistol from the car, which was later recovered.