U.S. air force sergeant arrested for killing California Sheriff's deputy

2020-06-08 08:47:03Xinhua Editor : Feng Shuang ECNS App Download

A U.S. air force staff sergeant has been arrested for the killing of a Santa Cruz County Sheriff's deputy in Ben Lomond, Northern California.

Steven Carrillo, the 32-year-old suspect, serving in a military police unit at Travis Air Force Base, was wounded during the arrest and transported to a hospital on Saturday.

He will be charged with murder and other felonies for the killing of sheriff's deputy Damon Gutzwiller, Santa Cruz County Sheriff Jim Hart said.

According to a report by San Francisco Chronicle on Sunday, The FBI said that the killing of Gutzwiller may be linked to the previous shooting death of a security guard in a similar ambush style outside a federal building in Oakland during demonstrations May 29.

A white van was recorded leaving the scene of Oakland shooting and the suspect vehicle in the Saturday shooting was also a white van. The FBI is investigating the case in partnership with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office, the report said.

Sgt. Damon Gutzwiller, 38, was shot to death after the suspect attacked him and other officers in Ben Lomond of Santa Cruz County on Saturday. A second deputy and a California Highway Patrol officer were injured.

Gutzwiller responded to a 911 call concerning a suspicious van with firearms and bomb-making materials.

"As deputies began investigating, they were ambushed with gunfire and multiple improvised explosives," Jim Hart said in a press conference on Saturday. Enditem


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