By Duncan Smith
Police and the FBI are looking into whether the killings of a Northern California sheriff’s deputy and a Federal Protective Services officer in Oakland during a riot last week are related.
As The Epoch Times reports, authorities are investigating the murder of Sgt. Damon Gutzwiller, 38, in Santa Cruz County, Calif., Saturday, in an incident where two other law enforcement officers were wounded by gunfire and shrapnel.
The site notes that an active-duty Air Force sergeant, Steven Carrillo, 32, of Travis Air Force Base, is the primary suspect.
In a Facebook post, the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Department described the incident:
On Saturday June 6th at around 1:30 p.m., we received a call about a suspicious van parked off the road near Jamison Creek, Boulder Creek. The caller saw guns and bomb making materials inside the van. When deputies arrived, the van was seen leaving the area and tried to follow it, finally finding it at a home on Waldeberg, Ben Lomond. As deputies began investigating, they were ambushed with gunfire and multiple improvised explosive devices. Sergeant Damon Gutzwiller was shot and taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Another deputy was either shot or struck by shrapnel and struck by a car as the suspect fled the property. We are hopeful the deputy will recover.
Calls of a carjacking nearby soon followed as officers from departments throughout Santa Cruz County began arriving to the area, several of whom were involved in the arrest of the suspect, Steven Carrillo, who was reportedly armed was shot during his arrest. The suspect survived and was treated and released from the hospital. He will be arrested for the murder of Sergeant Gutzwiller and other felonies.
The suspect is a member of the 60th Security Forces Squadron. He arrived on-post in two years ago, in June 2018.
Carrillo's wife Monika Leigh Scott Carrillo was found dead in an off-base hotel in May 2018 in a case that was later ruled a suicide.
Now, here’s an interesting twist to the case, per The Epoch Times:
On Sunday, the FBI said it is investigating Carrillo's van and a similar vehicle used in the fatal shooting of a federal protective services officer, David Underwood, and the wounding of a second officer during unrest on May 29 following George Floyd protests.
'The investigation into the incident in Ben Lomond, Calif. is ongoing,' the FBI said in a statement. 'We are working with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Department to determine a possible motive and/or links to other crimes committed in the Bay Area, to include the shooting of the FPS officers in Oakland.'
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