Police say he murdered a cop. Now he’s charged in the murder of federal officer Underwood.

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OAKLAND, CA – Steven Carrillo, who is responsible for the death of Deputy Damon Gutzwiller in Santa Cruz, was also charged with the shooting murder of federal officer David Patrick Underwood.

Carrillo was an Air Force sergeant stationed at Travis Air Force base in Fairfield and was said to have traveled to Oakland with the intent of killing police.

It’s been reported that Carrillo has ties to the “boogaloo bois,” an anti-government group that is known to carry rifles.

A ballistic vest worn by Carrillo during the ambush of Santa Cruz area police had a “Boogaloo” patch on it.

BBC News reported:

“He appears to have used his own blood to write various phrases on the bonnet of a car he stole, the FBI said, including ‘boog’ and ‘stop the duopoly.’

“‘Boogaloo’ is a term used by extremists to reference a violent uprising or impending civil war in the US, the FBI said.”

The FBI reported that Robert Alvin Justus has confessed to driving the white van that was seen in the drive-by shooting of Underwood.

The local ABC affiliate reported:

“The complaint says, after 17 minutes, the van pulled into the intersection and that 32-year-old Steven Carrillo, an active duty Air Force police officer from Travis Air Force Base, slid the back door open and fired what’s called a ‘ghost gun,’ parts purchased separately and assembled from scratch.”

Pat Gorman, ATF Special Agent in Charge, said:

“The firearm used in these crimes was a privately made firearm, with no markings or serial number. This firearm is a machine gun, which had a silencer attached to its barrel.”

It was discovered that the same gun used to kill Underwood was also used to kill Gutzwiller in an ambush.

Carrillo and Justus apparently met on Facebook and planned on using the Black Lives Matter riots as cover for their nefarious activity.

Carrillo allegedly said in a message to Justus:

“Go to the riots and support our own cause. Show them the real targets. Use their anger to fuel our fire. Think outside the box. We have mobs of angry people to use to our advantage.”

The FBI reportedly had set up surveillance on Justus, and they watched on camera as his parents drove him to the FBI office in San Francisco on Thursday to turn him in.

Here’s the previous article from Law Enforcement Today on Steven Carrillo.

Law Enforcement Today has been reporting on Steven Carrillo, the suspect who murdered Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Sergeant Damon Gutzwiller, as the case unfolds.

Carrillo, as we’ve reported, was an active Air Force sergeant and leader in an elite military security force based out of Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield. We’d also reported that authorities believe Carrillo may also be responsible for the murder of federal officer Patrick Underwood in nearby Oakland.

In a news conference following the ambush on his deputies, Sheriff Jim Hart said:

“He was very intent on killing these police officers. They had no idea that they were about to get into this firefight.”

We now have some new information in the Ben Lomond incident that left Sergeant Gutzwiller dead and another deputy and a CHP officer injured.

The second deputy, who has not been identified, was shot in the chest. His bulletproof vest is credited with saving his life. That deputy was also hit with shrapnel from the homemade explosive devices Carrillo set off, and he was also struck by Carrillo’s getaway vehicle.

Sheriff Hart described how Carrillo came to be taken into custody after ambushing the officers. 

Apparently Carrillo was attempting to carjack a man for another vehicle, and the potential victim stopped him.

KCRA3 reported:

“The man saw Carrillo in his backyard and confronted him. Carrillo, armed with the AR-15, demanded the man’s car keys. The man retrieved the keys, gave them to Carrillo and when Carrillo turned away the man tackled him and the rifle fell away from him.

“As they struggled, Carrillo pulled a pipe bomb from his pants and tried unsuccessfully to light it. He then pulled out a pistol and the man was able to knock it out of his hands and then subdue him as neighbors came to help.”

Sheriff Hart said:

“This guy could have done a lot more damage in our community.”

While the man who is credited with helping stop Carrillo did not wish to be publicly identified, Sheriff Hart said that he planned on awarding him with a medal.

KCRA3 also reported:

“Carrillo was a team leader for the Phoenix Ravens at Travis Air Force Base northeast of San Francisco, as part of the 60th Security Forces Squadron. The Phoenix Ravens are tasked with protecting aircraft and crews from assaults on airfields ‘where security is unknown or additional security is needed to counter local threats,’ according to the Air Force.”

So far there has been no discipline reported from the military for Carrillo.

It had previously been reported that the death of Carrillo’s wife, Monika Leigh Scott Carrillo, had been considered to be under “suspicious circumstances,” but it has since been reported that the death was ruled a suicide. 

Carrillo’s arraignment hearing is scheduled for Friday, where he’s expected to be charged with first degree murder and possibly other charges.

Sheriff Hart said:

“It’s very important for Damon’s memory that we get this case right.”

Law Enforcement Today will continue to bring you updates on this story as they become available. In the meantime, what follows is our previous article discussing the possible connection between the Ben Lomond incident and the drive-by shooting of the federal officer in Oakland.

 
Santa Cruz, California – A proverbial bombshell has been revealed, with investigators now thinking that the alleged killer of Sergeant Damon Gutzwiller from the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Department on June 6th may have also played a part in the murder of federal officer Patrick Underwood on May 29th.

The FBI remarked on the connection on June 7th, saying that the white van used in the slaying of Sgt. Gutzwiller appeared to be similar to a vehicle of interest in Underwood’s slaying. The suspect revolving around this alleged connection is Steven Carrillo.

In a statement provided by the FBI, the following was relayed regarding the investigation:

“The investigation into the incident in Ben Lomond, Calif. is ongoing. We are working with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Department to determine a possible motive and/or links to other crimes committed in the Bay Area, to include the shooting of the FPS officers in Oakland.”

It just so happens that Carillo was an Air Force staff sergeant assigned to Travis Air Force base, located in California, since 2018.

The former staff sergeant’s wife, Monika Leigh Scott Carrillo, happens to be deceased. Like the suspect, Monika was also in the Air Force, but was found dead inside of a hotel room back in May of 2018.

The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, ruled her death as a suicide.

Here’s our original reports regarding the two cases where Carillo may be involved: 

BEN LOMOND, CA – Officers were ambushed in a city in Santa Cruz County Saturday afternoon which resulted in a line of duty death.

Around 1:30 pm, officers responded to a call of a suspicious van parked off the road near Jamison Creek in Boulder Creek. The van was reported to contain guns and bomb-making devices.

When officers arrived, the van started driving, so officers followed it. Eventually the van pulled into a driveway on Waldeberg Road in Ben Lomond.

As officers, including Sergeant Damon Gutzwiller with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Department, got out of their vehicles to investigate, they were ambushed with gunfire and “many improvised explosives.”

Additionally, another deputy was injured and is listed as in critical condition after being “struck by gunfire or shrapnel from an explosive and then struck by a vehicle.” The vehicle is presumed to be a getaway vehicle, as it appears that after shooting and setting off explosives, the suspect fled the scene.

It’s been reported that as the suspect attempted to carjack a person, police responded to the scene. They were again met with gunfire.

A California Highway Patrol Trooper was shot in the hand or arm during the shootout.

The suspect, who has been identified as Steven Carillo, was said to be shot, presumably by police, and was taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Both of the injured officers, who have not been identified, are expected to survive.

Carillo is facing charges including murder, assault with a deadly weapon and carjacking. There will likely be more charges added as the investigation unfolds.

A local ABC News affiliate reporter, Dan Noyes, reported that Carillo, 32 years old, is an active duty US Air Force sergeant based out of Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield.

Noyes posted the following on his Facebook page:

“Sources tell me investigators found many improvised explosive devices inside Carillo’s home today, and that the FBI has taken over the case. The working theory is the sheriff’s deputies ‘interrupted something big that was about to happen.’

“On his Facebook page May 31st, Carillo reposted a meme that said, ‘I’ll never let racist white people make me forget about the dope white people I know exist. I love y’all.’ The post includes fist emojis of different skin tones, and both of the ‘whites’ in the meme were crossed out. Carillo wrote, ‘The only race that matters, the human race.’”

Sergeant Gutzwiller was 38 years old. He had been with the department since 2006. He is survived by a young child and his wife, who is expecting another child.

Sheriff Jim Hart spoke at a news conference Saturday night. He said:

“In my 32-year career, this is the worst day I’ve ever experienced.

“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 Hart also said that the investigation is still underway and many details, such as a motive, are not yet known.

He said:

“There’s a lot that we don’t know at this point. I ask that the community be patient as we go through this investigation and the grieving process. Damon will be deeply missed by this community, by this family, and by all of us at the sheriff’s office. His legacy will live on in the work that we provide to Santa Cruz County Community.”

Hart also said that he was not ruling out the involvement of more suspects, although none have been announced at this time. 

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OAKLAND, CA – We’ve now learned the identity of the federal officer who was shot and killed in Oakland, California Friday night.

Patrick Underwood, 53, was “assassinated” while trying to keep the peace amid the violent riots sweeping California and the rest of the U.S.

The riots obviously come in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minnesota.

Now officials at the Department of Homeland Security have confirmed that the officer’s death was related to the riots in Oakland.

A second officer was reportedly wounded and is fighting for his life, listed in critical condition.

ABC7 reports according to federal officials, the two were at the Ronald Dellums Federal Building on Clay Street when a vehicle approached just before 10 p.m.

Officials say that someone in the vehicle opened fire on the contract security officers.

Over the weekend, federal officials said the officers were watching over the protests when the shooting occurred.

The officer’s sister confirmed Underwood’s death in a message on social media:

“My brother, Dave Patrick Underwood, a federal officer, was murdered 5/29/20 in Oakland California, while on duty during the riots. This Violence Must Stop.”

On Saturday in a news conference in Washington, DHS Acting Secretary Chad Wolf called the slaying of the officer an assassination.

“As of late we have witnessed an outright assault on our law enforcement community,” Wolf said.

“Last night in Oakland, California, an assassin cowardly shot two Federal Protective Service contractors as they stood watch over a protest.

One officer was killed, the other is in critical condition…Let me express my deepest condolences to the family members of these two FPS contractors.”

Ken Cuccinelli is the acting deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.  He also called acts like the Oakland shooting an “act of domestic terrorism.”

“Let me be clear,” he said. “When someone targets a police officer or a police station with an intention to due harm and intimidate that is an act of domestic terrorism.

Fighting terrorism was the very reason for the founding of the Department of Homeland Security. And I said earlier we will stand behind out law enforcement officers here in the department and all over America.”

Gov. Gavin Newsom – who has a strained relationship, at best, with law enforcement – expressed his condolences to the slain officer’s family.

“This is a moment of pain for our state and nation,” he said.

“We are also mourning the tragic loss of a federal security officer and wounding of another in Oakland. Jennifer and I send our sincere condolences to their families, friends and colleagues.

No one should rush to conflate this heinous act with the protests last night. A federal investigation is underway, and we should let that process play out.”


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