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Around 1:30 pm the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s office received a call about a suspicious van that appeared to have guns and bomb making devices inside.
When officers arrived the van started to leave and the officers followed the van. The van pulled into a driveway and when police got out of their vehicle they were ambushed with guns and explosives.
Sergeant Damon Gutzwiller was injured during the attack and was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. Two other officers were injured in the incident as well. One is in critical condition.
During the arrest the suspect, Steven Carrillo, sustained minor injuries and is being treated. He faces multiple charges including murder, assault with a deadly weapon and carjacking.
“In my 32-year career this is my worst day I’ve ever experienced. Today we lost one of our own and he was a true hero.”
– Santa Cruz County Sheriff Jim Hart
Gutzwiller had been with the Santa Cruz Police Department since 2006. He was married and had one child with another child on the way.
“Words cannot express the pain we feel for Damon and his family. He was the kind of person we all hope to be. Today, we lost a hero. We are grateful to have known him and we mourn with his family.”
– Sheriff Jim Hart
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Deputy Gutzwiller
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