UPDATE: Santa Cruz representative killed, one more ambushed by Ben Lomond

UPDATE: Santa Cruz representative killed, one more ambushed by Ben Lomond
UPDATE: Santa Cruz representative killed, one more ambushed by Ben Lomond

An elderly Santa Cruz County sheriff's deputy was killed and another was seriously injured by an explosive device Saturday during an "ambush" in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Santa Cruz County Sheriff Jim Hart, said the deputy died was a 38-year-old sergeant. Damon Gutzwiller, who had been in the department since 2006 and was married to a young child and another child on the way.

Daemon will be deeply missed, ”Hart said. "He was a beloved figure in the Sheriff Department."

Hart said his agency received a call at 911 around 1:30 pm. A suspect was parked off-road near Jamison Creek from the van.

"The caller saw weapons and materials to make bombs inside the truck," he said.

Gutzwiller and another deputy responded and saw the van drive away. They took him to a house in Ben Lomond. When they got out of their vehicles, they were "ambushed with gunshots and ambushed explosive devices." 2:36 pm. An officer reported coming down.

"Sergeant Damon Gutzwiller was shot and taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead," Hart said. "Another deputy was shot or injured by shrapnel when the suspect left the property and fled. We hope the deputy will recover."

The suspect was located by other officers and was wounded in his guise.

A call for a nearby vehicle theft was soon made when officers from Santa Cruz County departments began arriving in the area, many of whom were involved in the arrest of suspect Steven Carrillo, who reportedly, he was armed, shot him during the arrest Went. " said.

Hart said the suspect was rushed to the hospital for treatment and would be charged with first-degree murder.

A CHP officer also suffered an arm injury in the incident and was expected to survive.

"We cannot express the pain we felt for Damon and his family," Hart said. He was the type of person we expect today to lose a hero. We are grateful to meet him and we cried with his family. "

The District Attorney's Office is investigating the case.

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