Five people were killed, including a sheriff’s deputy, following a domestic violence call and a deadlock that turned deadly in rural southern California, authorities said on Monday.
A call to 911 was made around 1 p.m. Sunday, reporting that a gunman who was the target of a restraining order had shown up at a house in Wasco, outside of Bakersfield and about 140 miles north downtown Los Angeles, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood told reporters.
Shouts and gunshots were heard during that 911 call and a woman fleeing the house told MPs who responded that at least two people inside had been shot, Youngblood said.
The 41-year-old suspect then barricaded himself in the house and a standoff of several hours ensued.
After calling for reinforcements and surrounding the house, MPs Phillip Campas, 35, and Dizander Guerrero approached and were shot, Youngblood said. Campas later died in hospital.
Then around 6:28 p.m., the suspect, armed with an AK-47 rifle and a handgun, climbed to the roof of the house where he was killed by lawmakers, according to Youngblood.
Inside the house, MPs found three dead – a 42-year-old woman and two men, 24 and 17. The two male victims were the shooter’s sons and the woman was their mother, the sheriff said.
“If there hadn’t been other people in this house, we would probably still be here doing what we’re doing, and that’s waiting for the suspect to decide he’s had enough,” Youngblood said. .
“We thought… that there were people alive inside who needed to be saved and I think we were correct in that assumption. “
Campas was a five-year veteran of the department and was a Navy veteran who served in Afghanistan.
He is survived by a wife and two young children.
The killed deputy was not formally identified until late Monday morning.
“We just thought it was appropriate to wait until today to name him,” Youngblood said as his voice cracked with emotion. “I was there when the wife, mother and father… we just felt like we had to wait. “
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