California: Santa Cruz Deputy Killed, Another Wounded In Ben Lomond Ambush

A veteran Santa Cruz County Sheriff Deputy was killed and a second was severely injured by an improvised explosive device Saturday during “an ambush” in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

A grief-stricken Santa Cruz County Sheriff Jim Hart said the dead deputy was 38-year-old Sgt. Damon Gutzwiller, who had been with the department since 2006 and was married with a small child and a second child on the way.

“Damon will be deeply missed,” said Hart. “He was a beloved figure with the sheriff’s department.”

Hart said his agency received a 911 call at 1:30 p.m. of a suspicious van parked off the road near Jamison Creek.

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Source: 5KPIX/CBS SF Bay Area

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