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UDPATE: One deputy killed, two injured in Santa Cruz County shooting

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Posted at 6:03 PM, Jun 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-07 01:51:14-04

UPDATE (8:52 p.m.) --

Santa Cruz County Sheriff Jim Hart held a press conference Saturday evening regarding the shooting in Ben Lomond earlier in the day, that left one deputy killed and another severely injured.

Sgt. Damon Gutzwiller, 38, was on duty and responded to the call about a suspicious van involved in the incident.

The Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office reported multiple explosions during the incident. Officers are uncertain if the assault rifle involved in the shooting has been located yet.

A second deputy was injured, and a third officer from the California Highway Patrol was shot in his hand, according to offiicals.

Sheriff Hart said the suspect, Steven Carrillo, 38, was shot during the arrest and is being treated at the hospital.

Hart said police were ambushed with explosives and gunfire when they approached Carillo's home. 

Another press conference will be held in the next few days with more information on the suspect.

A vigil will be held Sunday at 2:26 p.m. outside the Santa Cruz County Sheriffs Office. Gutzwiller leaves behind a wife and young child, with another on the way, Santa Cruz County reports.

The Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office said an active threat was in place in Ben Lomond after a reported shooting Saturday evening.

At least one person is in custody, according to officials.

The Santa Cruz Police Department is responding to multiple critical incidents in the county. The shooting investigation is in the area of Alba Rd. and Highway 9 in Ben Lomond.

All available units are supporting the effort.

They are asking that people avoid the area.