SANTA CRUZ, Calif.— A Northern California sheriff’s deputy was killed and two regulation enforcement officers wounded Saturday once they had been ambushed with gunfire and explosives whereas pursuing a suspect, authorities mentioned.
Sgt. Damon Gutzwiller, 38, was shot and killed in Ben Lomond, an unincorporated space close to Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County Sheriff Jim Hart mentioned. A second deputy was injured, and a 3rd officer from the California Freeway Patrol was shot in his hand, Hart mentioned.
Gutzwiller “was a beloved determine right here on the sheriff’s workplace,” the sheriff mentioned.
“Damon confirmed up right this moment to do his job, to maintain this group protected, and his life was taken needlessly,” a visibly shaken Hart mentioned.
The suspect, Steven Carrillo, 38, was shot throughout his arrest and was being handled on the hospital for non-life-threatening accidents, Hart mentioned. The Sheriff’s Division and the FBI are investigating.
The deputies responded to a 911 name round 1:30 p.m. a couple of suspicious van. The caller mentioned there have been weapons and bomb-making units inside, Hart mentioned.
When deputies arrived, the van pulled away and the deputies adopted. The van went down a driveway at Carrillo’s residence and the deputies had been ambushed by gunfire and explosives after getting out of their car.
Gutzwiller was wounded and later died at a hospital. One other deputy was wounded by gunfire or shrapnel and struck by a car because the suspect fled.
Carrillo tried to carjack a car and was wounded whereas being arrested.
Hart mentioned Carrillo was taken to the hospital for remedy and could be charged with first-degree homicide.
The capturing shocked Ben Lomond, a city of about 6,000 individuals tucked up in the Santa Cruz mountains.
Resident Kathy Crocker introduced a bouquet to the sheriff’s workplace as Hart gave a information convention concerning the shootings.
“It simply breaks my coronary heart that this retains taking place,” she mentioned, as teary-eyed deputies entered the constructing.