1 deputy dead in California, another injured, 1 person in custody

A deputy died after a shooting, another is injured and a person is in custody in California’s Central Coast, authorities said Saturday. Authorities responded Saturday afternoon to a report of a van with guns and bomb-making devices, Santa Cruz Sheriff Jim Hart said.A Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office deputy was killed, and two other law enforcement officers were injured responding to reports of a suspicious-looking van with guns and explosives inside in Ben Lomond Saturday evening.”In my 32-year career this is my worst day I’ve ever experienced,” Hart said during a press conference Saturday evening. “Today we lost one of our own and he was a true hero.” According to Hart, Sgt. Damon Gutzwiller, 38, was shot and killed by a man believed to be the owner of the van originally reported to 911.In addition, another Santa Cruz County deputy and a California Highway Patrol officer were also injured. The second deputy was listed as being in critical condition. The injured deputy was struck by gunfire or shrapnel from an explosive and then struck by a vehicle. The CHP officer was shot in the hand.According to Hart, around 1:30 p.m. a caller reported a van parked off the road near Jamison Creek in Boulder Creek. The caller said there were guns and bomb-making materials inside the van. As deputies arrived, they witnessed the van leaving the area drive by a man later identified as Steven Carrillo. They followed the vehicle to a home on Waldeberg Road in Ben Lomond.Hart said that when deputies went to investigate, they were “ambushed” with gunfire and multiple improvised explosive devices. It was during this time that Gutzwiller was shot. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.Law enforcement chased Carrillo after receiving a report of a carjacking nearby. He was apprehended after he was shot. Police reported he was armed. Carrillo was treated and released from the hospital. He will be arrested for the murder of Gutzwiller and other felonies.Damon was a patrol supervisor and worked for the sheriff’s office since 2006. He is 38-years-old and married with children. Hart described Damon as a courageous, intelligent, sensitive and a caring man.“Words cannot express the pain we feel for Damon and his family,” Hart said. “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.”Gutzwiller was a 14-year veteran of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office and leaves behind a pregnant wife and a young child.

A deputy died after a shooting, another is injured and a person is in custody in California’s Central Coast, authorities said Saturday.

Authorities responded Saturday afternoon to a report of a van with guns and bomb-making devices, Santa Cruz Sheriff Jim Hart said.

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A Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office deputy was killed, and two other law enforcement officers were injured responding to reports of a suspicious-looking van with guns and explosives inside in Ben Lomond Saturday evening.

“In my 32-year career this is my worst day I’ve ever experienced,” Hart said during a press conference Saturday evening. “Today we lost one of our own and he was a true hero.”

According to Hart, Sgt. Damon Gutzwiller, 38, was shot and killed by a man believed to be the owner of the van originally reported to 911.

Sgt. Damon Gutzwiller

Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Department

Sgt. Damon Gutzwiller

In addition, another Santa Cruz County deputy and a California Highway Patrol officer were also injured. The second deputy was listed as being in critical condition. The injured deputy was struck by gunfire or shrapnel from an explosive and then struck by a vehicle. The CHP officer was shot in the hand.

According to Hart, around 1:30 p.m. a caller reported a van parked off the road near Jamison Creek in Boulder Creek. The caller said there were guns and bomb-making materials inside the van. As deputies arrived, they witnessed the van leaving the area drive by a man later identified as Steven Carrillo. They followed the vehicle to a home on Waldeberg Road in Ben Lomond.

Hart said that when deputies went to investigate, they were “ambushed” with gunfire and multiple improvised explosive devices. It was during this time that Gutzwiller was shot. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Law enforcement chased Carrillo after receiving a report of a carjacking nearby. He was apprehended after he was shot. Police reported he was armed. Carrillo was treated and released from the hospital. He will be arrested for the murder of Gutzwiller and other felonies.

Damon was a patrol supervisor and worked for the sheriff’s office since 2006. He is 38-years-old and married with children. Hart described Damon as a courageous, intelligent, sensitive and a caring man.

“Words cannot express the pain we feel for Damon and his family,” Hart said. “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.”

Gutzwiller was a 14-year veteran of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office and leaves behind a pregnant wife and a young child.