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Sgt. Damon Gutzwiller, 38, was shot and killed, according to ABC News, and two law enforcement officers were wounded.
They were ambushed with gunfire and explosives, authorities said. Gutzwiller was the sheriff’s deputy in Northern California.
“Damon showed up today to do his job, to keep this community safe, and his life was taken needlessly,” a visibly shaken Santa Cruz County Sheriff Jim Hart said.
The van pulled away as deputies arrived and the deputies followed. The van reportedly went down a driveway at Carrillo’s home and the deputies were ambushed by gunfire and explosives after getting out of their vehicle.
The suspect is identified as Steven Carrillo, 38, and he was shot during his arrest. He was being treated at the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
“It just breaks my heart that this keeps happening,” resident Kathy Crocker said as teary-eyed deputies entered the building.
The attack occurred in Ben Lomond, which is an unincorporated area near Santa Cruz. The deputies responded to a 911 call about a suspicious van. The caller said there were guns and bomb-making devices inside, Hart said.
The Sheriff’s Department and the FBI are investigating.
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A second deputy was injured, and a third officer from the California Highway Patrol was shot in his hand, Hart said.
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Gutzwiller “was a beloved figure here at the sheriff’s office,” the sheriff said…
Gutzwiller was wounded and later died at a hospital. Another deputy was wounded by gunfire or shrapnel and struck by a vehicle as the suspect fled.
Carrillo attempted to carjack a vehicle and was wounded while being arrested.
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Hart said Carrillo was taken to the hospital for treatment and would be charged with first-degree murder.
The shooting shocked Ben Lomond, a town of about 6,000 people tucked up in the Santa Cruz mountains.