Governor Gavin Newsom honors fallen Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Damon Gutzwiller with the Capitol flags to be flown at half-staff.

The Governor gave the order over the weekend to commemorate the service of Sergeant Gutzwiller.

In a press statement, Governor Newsom said, “Jennifer and I extend our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and coworkers of Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Sergeant Damon Gutzwiller, who was tragically killed while on duty today.”

“He will be remembered as a hero who devoted his life to protecting the community and as a loving husband and father,” he added.

Sergeant Gutzwiller, 38, responded Saturday to the call of a suspicious vehicle reported to contain weapons and bomb-making material.

An active-duty U.S. Air Force sergeant was been arrested on suspicion of shooting Gutzwiller and wounding two other officers Saturday.

According to SFGate, the FBI and local investigators are trying to determine a possible link between the ambush-style killing of a Northern California sheriff’s deputy Saturday night and that of a federal officer who was fatally shot outside the U.S. Courthouse in Oakland more than a week ago.

The FBI office in San Francisco confirmed Sunday its investigators were working with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Department to determine a possible motive and links to other crimes committed in the San Francisco Bay Area,

The same report said, authorities are also looking into the attack that killed a Federal Protective Service officer and critically wounded another officer on May 29, which is also possibly linked.

Both involved shooters in a van.


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