Five people murdered including sheriff’s deputy, second officer shot during five hour standoff

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WASCO, CA – A Kern County Sheriff’s deputy was fatally shot, as well as the suspect and three others, during a hours-long standoff on July 25th. Another Kern County deputy was also shot and wounded during the incident.

Here are the details known so far.

According to officials, deputies responded to a home located near 1st Street and Poplar Avenue at approximately 1:00 p.m. after a shots fired call came in.

Kern County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Joel Swanson stated that they’d also received reports of wounded individuals inside of the home that afternoon.

When deputies arrived on the scene, the suspect reportedly opened fire at the responding deputies, but no deputies were struck during the initial gunfire coming from the suspect.

The neighborhood was put on lockdown and SWAT teams as well as crisis negotiators were called to the scene.

At around 3:00 p.m., SWAT deputies began to approach the home where the suspect had barricaded themselves in and were met with gunfire from the suspect. Two of the deputies were hit, with one of the deputies suffering “moderate” injuries and the other deputy being fatally shot.

The fallen deputy was identified as Deputy Phillip Campas.

At approximately 6:30 p.m., the suspect and deputies exchanged more gunfire, with the suspect being shot during the exchange. Authorities say that the unnamed suspect was rendered medical aid following the shooting but was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Reportedly three other people were killed during the incident, identified as a 42 year-old female, 24-year-old male, and a 17-year-old male.

The suspect was only identified as a 41-year-old male, and the three deceased victims inside of the home were identified as his two sons and their mother.

The deceased 42-year-old female reportedly had a restraining order against the suspect that went into effect on June 3rd of 2021. Two adult females and two female juveniles were able to escape the residence unharmed during the standoff.

Officials stated that Deputy Campos joined the Kern County Sheriff’s Office back in February of 2016 after having served in the United States Marines.

This is an ongoing investigation.

Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we continue to gather further insight into this developing case.

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We at Law Enforcement Today recently shared the report of a Clark County Sheriff’s deputy being fatally shot in Washington earlier in July. Once news spread of the fatal shooting, Antifa-enthusiasts reportedly took to celebrating the deputy’s death. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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EAST VANCOUVER, WA – A deputy was killed in a shooting on July 23rd in East Vancouver, and left-wing radicals including Antifa celebrated the tragedy on social media.

The Clarks County deputy sheriff was shot and killed about 7 p.m. at The Pointe Apartments. The shooting resulted in a massive police response from several agencies.

Police issued a bulletin reporting they were searching for three suspects following the shooting, saying the suspects were considered armed and dangerous.

Two of three suspects were captured in a yard following a pursuit from the scene and a subsequent manhunt.

A woman in the apartment complex was also arrested, according to police.

Clark County Sheriff’s Sgt. Brent Waddell confirmed Friday night that a deputy was seriously injured in the shooting. The Sheriff’s Department later announced that the deputy had died from his injuries:

“It is with great sadness the Clark County Sheriff’s Office is informing the community a deputy was killed in the in of duty this evening. This is a difficult time for the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, law enforcement agencies in Clark County and the surrounding Clark County, Portland metro area.

Clark County law enforcement appreciates the support and understanding of the community in these tough times. The investigation is in its early stages and information will be released as it becomes available.”

The notice indicated that no further information would come from the Clark County Sheriff’s Department, and that the Vancouver Police Department would issue any updates.

The deputy was later identified as 46-year-old Detective Jeremy Brown. Detective Brown was a 15-year veteran of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. 

In a display of hatred and lack of common compassion, the Twitter post was riddled with Antifa and other left-wing radicals celebrating the announcement of the officer’s death.

One post read:

“It says a lot that upon scanning ‘sheriff / shot / died’ my blood pressure skyrocketed in anxiety, then when reading my thoughts were ‘good’ shortly succeeded by ‘…good?’

“Murder is bad, but if it prevents multiple other murders… & 12’s whole thing is saying that that’s okay….”

In a shockingly heartless post, a user called “Cassie” wrote:

“I’m sorry for the loss of the potential he had to stop being a pig of his own volition, and for his loved ones who are hurting. Also, ACAB.”

“ACAB” is an acronym used as a political slogan by anti-police groups like Antifa and Black Lives Matter. The letters stand for “All Police Are Bastards.” The letters are often seen on graffiti, tattoos, and at other locations written as the numbers 1312, representing the order of the letters in the English alphabet.

Other posts included someone asking, “Who has the officer down meme??” answered by two disturbing posts.

The other was a meme of a cartoon sun displaying the thumb’s up sign saying, “Officer Down!”

Another was a cartoon of a smiling face saying, “Noice,” slang for nice.

Other users who commented on the Clarks County notice expressed sympathy for the officer and shock at the inhuman left-wing behavior on display.

Poster Peter Jackson did not hold back his distaste for the horrendous comments being made:

“You have the empathy of a serial killer and the morals of Hitler.”

Another poster recognized the absurdity and predictability of the comments, posting a meme and saying:

“Oh, man.  This post is an Antifa scum gold mine.”

Although Twitter allowed the negative and hostile comments praising the death of a law enforcement officer to show freely on the thread, most comments defending the officer and calling out the hateful comments were hidden under a warning saying:

“Show additional replies, including those that may contain offensive content.”

Twitter censorship (Screenshot Twitter Page)
Twitter censorship (Screenshot Twitter Page)

Some of those “offensive” comments included:

  • “That’s terrible to hear. To all the scum celebrating this officer’s death, I challenge you to talk this way one on one with a person of opposing view (me) without your group of idiots behind you. I guarantee (that) after slapping you multiple times, you will dial 911.”
  • “Y’all cheering the loss of human life need some serious mental health intervention.”
  • “Lots of incel pieces of sh** in this thread. All Commies Are Bastards.”

Despite the political censorship, Twitter allowed such comments as death toll scorekeeping and calling the deputy’s death “Karma” to remain in public view:

“So, it’s what, 3-1? They’ve killed like 3 people in the last year so I’m not gonna question karma.”

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Here’s our original report regarding the fatal shooting of the deputy in Washington. 

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VANCOUVER, WA – A Clark County deputy was fatally shot on the evening of July 23rd, with officials saying multiple suspects are tied to the killing.

Vancouver Police announced that two suspects have been apprehended as of July 24th, with one suspect currently at-large.

Officials haven’t shared much information regarding what led to the fatal shooting of the deputy as of this writing.

What limited details have been shared so far is that the shooting occurred at approximately 7:00 p.m. on July 23rd and occurred at the Pointe Apartments on Northeast 109th Avenue.

The unnamed deputy was taken to an area hospital after the shooting and succumbed to their injuries at approximately 11:30 p.m. that evening.

In a statement given by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office following the shooting, it was noted that the investigation is in the “early stages” and information will be shared as it becomes available:

“It is with great sadness the Clark County Sheriff’s Office is informing the community a deputy was killed in the line of duty this evening. This is a difficult time for the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, law enforcement agencies in Clark County and the surrounding Clark County, Portland metro area.”

“Clark County law enforcement appreciates the support and understanding of the community in these tough times. The investigation is in its early stages and information will be release as it becomes available.”

After the shooting, police shut down a portion of I-205 near Padden Parkway.

With one suspect still at-large, Vancouver Police released a statement urging residents in the area to keep their doors locked and to call 911 if they see anything suspicious:

“Residents in the area of Padden Parkway/I-205 and surrounding neighborhoods should remain inside their residences, keep doors locked and report any suspicious activity to 9-1-1.”

The names of the two suspects in custody have not been shared by officials, nor has a description been released of the third person of interest wanted in connection with the shooting.

This is an ongoing investigation.

Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we continue to gather further insight into this developing case.

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