(AmericanPoliticalDaily.com)- A sheriff’s deputy in Northern California was killed on Saturday, and a further two law enforcement officers were shot and wounded, when they pursued a suspect. The cops were ambushed not just with gunfire but with explosives, which resulted in the tragedy.
Sgt. Damon Gutzwiller was the 38-year-old sheriff’s deputy who was killed in Ben Lomond, close to Santa Cruz. The news was announced by Santa Cruz’s County Sheriff Jim Hart. He reported that another deputy was injured, a third officer representing the California Highway Patrol was shot in the hand.
Sheriff Hart said that Gutzwiller was a “beloved figure” at the sheriff’s office, who turned up every day to keep his community safe. “His life was taken needlessly,” he said.
The suspect who killed Gutzwiller, Steven Carrillo, was taken to the hospital after he was shot during the arrest. He was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. A full investigation into the incident is now being carried out by the FBI and the Sheriff’s Department.
The incident took place at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday after deputies responded to reports of a suspicious van. A called said that they could hear the sound of guns and bomb-making devised inside the van. That quickly prompted the deputies to arrive on the scene. The driver notices a police presence and left the scene. Deputies followed the van right up to the driveway of the suspect’s home. It was here that he got out of the van ambushed the officers using guns and explosives.
Gutzwiller didn’t die at the scene. He was badly wounded by the explosive and died later at the hospital. One officer was wounded by both shrapnel from an explosive device and a gunshot, and the other was shot in the hand.
Sheriff Hart said that the suspect was taken to hospital and has been charged with first-degree murder.
The small town of Ben Lomond has only 6,000 residents and is located in a rural area in the Santa Cruz mountains. Residents were shocked by what happened, and reports say that many residents brought bouquets of flowers to the sheriff’s office while he gave interviews to the press.