Five people, including a deputy sheriff’s deputy, were killed in a domestic violence phone call that ended fatally in rural southern California, authorities said Monday.
An 911 call was made around 1 p.m. on Sunday, reporting that an armed man who was the target of a restraining order appeared at a house in Wasco outside of Bakersfield and about 140 miles north of downtown Los Angeles, Kern County Sheriff said Donny Youngblood reporters.
The 911 call rang out screams and gunshots, and a woman who fled the house told responding MPs that at least two people had been shot inside, Youngblood said.
The 41-year-old suspect then barricaded himself in the apartment and there was an hour-long stalemate.
After asking for assistance and surrounding the house, Reps Phillip Campas, 35, and Dizander Guerrero approached and were shot, Youngblood said. Campas later died in hospital.
Then at around 6:28 p.m., the suspect, armed with an AK-47 rifle and handgun, climbed onto the roof of the house, where he was killed by MPs, according to Youngblood.
In the house, MPs found three dead – a woman, 42, and two men, 24 and 17. The two male victims were sons of Sagittarius and the woman was their mother, the sheriff said.
“If it weren’t for other people in this house, we’d probably still be there doing what we do, and that is waiting for the suspect to decide he’s had enough,” said Youngblood.
“We believed … that there were people living there who needed to be rescued, and I think we were correct in that assumption.”
Campas was a five-year division veteran and navy veteran who served in Afghanistan.
He leaves behind a wife and two young children.
The killed deputy was not officially identified until late Monday morning.
“We just felt it appropriate to wait until today to name him,” said Youngblood as his voice cracked with emotion. “I was there when the wife and the mother and the father … we just felt like we had to wait.”
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