Incident Summary:

06/06/2020: An assailant opened fire and threw a pipe bomb targeting Santa Cruz County Sheriff's officers in Ben Lomond, California, United States. Sergeant Damon Gutzwiller was killed and two other officers and the assailant were injured in the ambush. Authorities arrested Steven Carrillo in connection with the attack. Sources stated that Carrillo was a member of the Boogaloo movement and that he wrote phrases in support of the group at the scene of the attack.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


Ben Lomond

Location Details:
The incident occurred along Waldeberg avenue.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Santa Cruz Country Sheriff's Department
Specific Description Officers
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Pipe Bomb
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Thrown pipe bombs and a homemade AR-15-style assault rifle using 9-mm ammunition and equipped with a silencer were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The victims included Sergeant Damon Gutzwiller.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Boogaloo movement Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Note left at scene)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 1
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 3
Number of Perpetrators Injured 1
"Airman charged with murder of federal officer at courthouse," Associated Press Newswires, June 16, 2020.
"U.S. sheriff's officer killed, two more wounded in N. California," Xinhua General News Service, June 7, 2020.
"Carrillo Facing Nearly Two-Dozen Counts in relation to Crime Spree," African Manager, June 29, 2020.