California siege death toll rises to five after gunman found to have killed sons, their mother and sheriff’s deputy
Three hostages, a gunman and a California sheriff’s deputy were killed Sunday after a stalemate at a home in Wasco, California.
Police received a report that a 41-year-old man, with a long history of arrests for domestic violence, had taken hostages.
Two women and two girls, believed to be friends of the family, managed to flee the house.
Inside were the shooter’s two sons, aged 24 and 17, and their mother, 42.
All three were killed by the gunman during Sunday’s siege.
Campas was a father of two young girls and served Kern County on Patrol, SWAT and Honor Guard
Kern County Deputy Phillip Campas lost his life on Sunday in an hour-long standoff
The SWAT team was on the scene for at least four hours as the situation unfolded
He then went to the roof of the house, and was shot and killed by sheriffs.
During the siege, Kern County Deputy Phillip Campas was shot and killed.
Campas was a father of two young girls and served Kern County on Patrol, SWAT and Honor Guard.
He had been a soldier in the United States Marine Corps prior to his law enforcement career.
The situation began when the sheriffs were called around 1 p.m. on Sunday.
“As officers were en route, there were additional calls with subjects shooting in the background and possibly subjects in the residence,” said Kern County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Joel Swanson.
Campas was a soldier in the United States Marine Corps prior to his law enforcement career
Two Kern County sheriff’s deputies have been shot and a third killed in an ongoing standoff in Wasco, near Bakersfield, California
Officers responded to a ‘shots fired’ call Sunday night and discovered a shooting occurred at a nearby house nearby.
Officials knew there were people inside, but they didn’t know how many at first
When officers arrived on the scene, a suspect began firing at officers who were forced to take cover and seal off the entire neighborhood.
A SWAT team was then called in along with crisis negotiators.
Nearly two hours after the standoff, at 2:50 p.m., the SWAT team was fired upon by the suspect as officers attempted to enter his home.
Two deputies were beaten, including Campas.
Both were taken to a local hospital with ‘moderate’ and ‘serious’ injuries.
Campas did not survive.
Paramedics were quickly on the scene to help with the situation, including injured officers
Law enforcement officers were later seen gathering outside Kern Medical after a standoff in Wasco
Outside Kern Medical, a guard of honor could be seen as fellow officers stood and paid tribute to their fallen comrade, with many clearly upset
Members of the emergency services stood at attention and saluted their fallen comrade
Hours later at about 6:28 p.m., officers had a clear shot at the suspect, who was killed.
A third officer was also shot and wounded during the operation.
The suspect was then transported to a local hospital while a guard of honor was seen outside Kern Medical while fellow officers stood and paid tribute to their fallen comrade.
Wasco Mayor Alex Garcia released a statement calling the incident a tragedy
The mayor also tweeted about the fallen sheriff’s deputy
Slain Kern County Sheriff’s Deputy Phillip Campas is pictured in December 2019 when he received his Deputy of the Month award
Delegate of the Month for December 2019 was Phillip Campas, who said he is “a shining example of a Kern County Sheriff’s Deputy”
Campas was also part of Kern County’s Guard of Honor, who lined up for him on Sunday as his body left the hospital.
A flag-draped body was placed in a hearse.
Wasco mayor Alex Garcia called the incident a tragedy in a statement.
“While reporting on a standoff here in Wasco, one of our brave Kern County sheriff’s deputies was killed in action and another was shot and wounded,” he said.
“While this remains an ongoing situation, I would like to share at this time that my heart goes out to the families of both deputies.”
A guard of honor was seen leading a procession away from the hospital where the fallen officer died
Members of all emergency services departments were on hand to watch and pay respect
Members of the fallen officers’ family could be seen walking away from the hospital
Relatives of the fallen officer could be seen as chaperones by members of the emergency services, including the Kern County Sheriff’s Department