Air Force Sergeant Arrested in Santa Cruz County Member’s Deadly Ambush was Charged Tuesday in connection with the murder of a federal security officer during George’s protests Floyd in Oakland last month, authorities said.
The sergeant. Steven Carrillo, 32, was charged with murder and attempted murder in the murder of federal officer Dave Patrick Underwood, 53.
Underwood was one of two officers who were shot on May 29 while guarding the Ronald V. Dellums federal building. The other officer was seriously injured in the car attack. Both were members of the Federal Homeland Security Protection Service.
Authorities have said that Carrillo and a second man went to Oakland with the intention of killing the police and thought that the large protests sparked by the death of Floyd in Minneapolis – of which they were not a part – would help them to escape.
“They came to Oakland to kill cops,” said John Bennett, special agent in charge of the San Francisco division of the FBI.
Carrillo’s alleged accomplice Robert Justus has also been charged with murder and attempted murder.
The murder of Underwood sparked a massive manhunt. Eight days later, police arrived at Carrillo’s home after discovering an abandoned white van that belonged to him and contained ammunition, firearms and bomb-making equipment, authorities said.
Carrillo ambushed the police, killing the Santa Cruz County Sergeant. Damon Gutzwiller and seriously wounding another deputy, according to the authorities.
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Carrillo was shot and managed to escape on foot, authorities said. He hijacked a vehicle, but was eventually arrested, bleeding from his hip, authorities said.
He has been charged with several offenses, including murder and attempted murder, in the attack on officers from the Santa Cruz county.
Federal authorities have said that an AR-15 was recovered from the scene of Carrillo’s arrest and linked to the shooting at the Oakland Federal Courthouse. The assault rifle used by Carrillo was of private manufacture, without marks and with a silencer attached to the barrel of the weapon, indicated the authorities.
Investigators found inside Carrillo’s vehicle a ballistic vest with a patch that featured an igloo and a Hawaiian-style print – symbols associated with the far-right extremist movement “Boogaloo”, according to his federal complaint.
Carrillo, prior to his arrest, used his own blood to scribble the word “boog” and “I have become unreasonable” on the hood of the vehicle he hijacked, according to the complaint. The two expressions are also associated with “Boogaloo,” a term used by extremists to refer to a violent uprising or an impending civil war in the United States, according to the complaint.
Carrillo’s lawyer Jeffrey Stotter said his client was the father of two and was “deeply shaken” by the death of his wife by suicide in 2018.
“At this point, all of these allegations are just that, accusations and allegations,” said Stotter.
The complaint alleges that Carrillo met Justus on Facebook and that Justus took him to the rally in a white van.
According to the complaint, Carrillo wrote in a Facebook group on May 28 that the unrest is “on our coast now, it has to be national” and that “this is a great opportunity to target specialty wood soup”.
In the Boogaloo groups on Facebook and Reddit, “wood soup” is shorthand for government agencies which are abbreviated as “alphabet soup” like FBI and ATF.
Boogaloo online communities frequently publish memes targeting federal agencies before another civil war.
In response to Carrillo’s message, the complaint alleges that Justus wrote “boosterie”, another reference to the Boogaloo movement.
In Boogaloo’s Facebook groups, according to the complaint, Carrillo was even more explicit about the possibility of taking advantage of the demonstrations to cause unrest and violence against the police.
“Go to the riots and support our own cause. Show them the real targets. Use their anger to fuel our fire. Get off the beaten track. We have crowds of angry people to use to our advantage, ”Carillo wrote in a Facebook group, according to the complaint.
Carrillo believed that the Boogaloo, or second civil war, “was starting now and if it is not in your hood, then start it,” according to the complaint.
Boogaloo groups are actively allowed on Facebook. Earlier this month, Facebook told NBC News that it would stop recommending groups in its recommendation algorithm, but groups would be allowed on the site.