CA Officer Sgt. Damon Gutzwiller ID’d As Victim In Saturday Santa Cruz Ambush Suspect Steven Carrillo

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, CA. (THECOUNT) — Sgt. Damon Gutzwiller, of Santa Cruz, California, has been identified as the sheriff’s deputy killed Saturday when and two other officers were ambushed involving explosives during the pursuit of suspect, 37-year-old Steven Carrillo.

Gutzwiller, 38, was fatally shot in Ben Lomond, an unincorporated area near Santa Cruz on Saturday.

A second unnamed deputy was injured, and a third officer from the California Highway Patrol was shot in his hand.

Carrillo was shot during his arrest and was being treated at the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

VIA WBTV:

The deputies responded to a 911 call around 1:30 p.m. about a suspicious van. The caller said there were guns and bomb-making devices inside, Hart said.

When deputies arrived, the van pulled away and the deputies followed. The van went down a driveway at Carrillo’s home and the deputies were ambushed by gunfire and explosives after getting out of their vehicle.

Gutzwiller was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Another deputy was wounded by gunfire or shrapnel and struck by a vehicle as the suspect fled.

Carrillo attempted to carjack a vehicle and was wounded while being arrested.

Carrillo is expected to be charged with first-degree murder.

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Geo quick facts: Santa Cruz County, California, officially the County of Santa Cruz, is a county on the Pacific coast of the U.S. state of California. As of the 2010 census, the population was 262,382. The county seat is Santa Cruz – Wikipedia.

CA Saturday Horror As 6 Found Shot 5 Dead Including 3 Children In San Diego Home

SAN DIEGO, CA. (THECOUNT) — A horror incident is playing out Saturday morning in San Diego, California, as five people have been found shot dead inside a home. One victim was said to be injured. Three of the dead are said to be children.

San Diego police homicide detectives say they are investigating after finding six people suffering from gunshot injuries Saturday morning at a home in a Paradise Hills neighborhood, authorities said.

Officers responded to the home after receiving a call of shots fired at about 7 a.m., police said.

When officers arrived, they discovered six people shot, including five who were dead, according to LaTimes. Three of the dead are reportedly children.

The victims have been been identified.

The condition of the injured individual was not made available.

No other details were immediately provided.

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Geo quick facts: San Diego is a city on the Pacific coast of California known for its beaches, parks and warm climate. Immense Balboa Park is the site of the renowned San Diego Zoo, as well as numerous art galleries, artist studios, museums and gardens. A deep harbor is home to a large active naval fleet, with the USS Midway, an aircraft-carrier-turned-museum, open to the public. Paradise Hills is a neighborhood in the southeastern area of the city of San Diego, California. It is an outlying neighborhood adjacent to the independent city of National City and the unincorporated communities of Lincoln Acres and certain portions of Bonita – wikipedia.

San Diego Woman Found Living In Van With Live 300 Rats “Came And Went Through Engine Compartment’

SAN DIEGO, CA. (THECOUNT) — A California woman, known as “Carla,” has been rewarded with a new car and her very own GoFundMe donation account, after being found living in a San Diego van – with over 300 live rats, according to reports.

San Diegans came together to help Carla, who was working at Circle K while living in her van with more than 300 “pet” rats.

The woman worked at a local convenience store in the San Diego area.

Via GoFundMe:

Help from our community needed!! Carla is a very beloved and amazing worker at Circle K on Via de la Valle and San Andres (Flower Hill mall). She will lose her job today if she doesn’t get her van towed out of the parking lot TODAY. It has become a health hazard and is threatening the surrounding businesses, especially the restaurants. She became homeless and lived in her van with her 2 pet rats and when the van broke down recently and she didn’t have the money to fix it, the rats started multiplying. The van is now parked in the Circle K parking lot and is infested with rats, to the point that they are crawling out the windows and spreading. It needs to be taken to a spot where the humane society can access the van and take the rats. They have taken half of them already but can’t get back to take the rest of them today, in time to save her job. We are working on a place to have the van towed to where it won’t be threatening other businesses but it needs to be towed TODAY. It will have to be demolished after that, as it is in horrible shape now. But junkyards, etc won’t take it until the rats are gone. We first need to help her with money to have it towed and then secondly, to buy a new (used) car.

She is an amazing person who has had a string of bad luck and if she loses her job it will be devastating to her. Many of you probably know who she is if you’ve ever gone into that Circle K. – Vanessa Black From Kimberly Jackson (Del Mar, Beach Colony Nextdoor Member)*** Once the van is towed, The GO FUND ME will be used to purchase Carla a used vehicle so she can continue to get back on her feet and get to work daily. She is NOT looking for a handout at all. She is NOT asking for a car or help or money. But as a community with more money and resources than most, I feel the need to collectively help her. Hoping you will all jump in this train and help too? Every dollar matters :)

The woman was recently homeless, according to WLKY, and had two pet rats.

The two rats had babies and the situation took a turn for the worst, with nowhere for the woman to go.

The hundreds of rats chewed through wiring in the van, making it inoperable.

“Everywhere, there was not one place in the van where they had not gotten into, the wiring, the engine, they came and went from the engine area,” San Diego Humane Society officer Danee Cook told KGTV. “She was extremely helpful during the entire process as well. She did love her pets, she just let it get out of hand and she became overwhelmed.”

People in the area saw video of the rodents and decided they wanted to help the woman.

“She’s just a gentle, gentle person, nobody knew she was homeless,” Kimberly Jackson, a neighbor, said. “She’s contributing to society and she fell on hard times. Everybody can use a little help now and then.”

They first got the van towed.

The San Diego Humane Society removed the rats. They say the rats are healthy and can be adopted.

One person donated a new car for the woman.

Geo quick facts: San Diego is a city on the Pacific coast of California known for its beaches, parks and warm climate. Immense Balboa Park is the site of the renowned San Diego Zoo, as well as numerous art galleries, artist studios, museums and gardens. A deep harbor is home to a large active naval fleet, with the USS Midway, an aircraft-carrier-turned-museum, open to the public – wikipedia.

Sirhan Sirhan Stabbed In San Diego Prison Say Law Enforcement Sources

SAN DIEGO, CA. (THECOUNT) — Sirhan Sirhan, the man convicted of murdering U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy in 1968, was stabbed in a San Diego-area state prison and hospitalized, according to law enforcement officials.

Sirhan is serving a life sentence at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in East Otay Mesa, about 25 miles southeast of downtown San Diego.

He was taken to Scripps Mercy Hospital for treatment, reports NBCLA.

His condition was not provided by officials.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said the suspect in the stabbing has been placed in the prison Administrative Segregation Unit.

No other information was available.

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Geo quick facts: San Diego is a city on the Pacific coast of California known for its beaches, parks and warm climate. Immense Balboa Park is the site of the renowned San Diego Zoo, as well as numerous art galleries, artist studios, museums and gardens. A deep harbor is home to a large active naval fleet, with the USS Midway, an aircraft-carrier-turned-museum, open to the public – wikipedia.

CA Mystery After 3 Young People Found Dead In San Diego Vehicle Trunk Sunday

SAN DIEGO, CA. (THECOUNT) — San Diego police made a grisly discovery Sunday evening while out on a suspicious vehicle parked near the Paradise Hills Recreation Center.

Police received a call about a suspicious vehicle parked in the 2100 block of Jamie Avenue. Upon arrival, police discovered two woman and a male stuffed in the trunk of a vehicle in the normally reserved Bay Terraces neighborhood.

Police say the dead appeared to be in their late teens or early 20s.

“Due to the condition of the bodies, their race is unknown,” a police official said.

“This investigation is in its preliminary stages and the homicide detectives will be working with the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the identity of all three victims and the manner and cause of death,” the official said, reports KTLA.

Anyone with possible information on the incident or the dead should contact police at 911 immediately.

Geo quick facts: San Diego is a city on the Pacific coast of California known for its beaches, parks and warm climate. Immense Balboa Park is the site of the renowned San Diego Zoo, as well as numerous art galleries, artist studios, museums and gardens. A deep harbor is home to a large active naval fleet, with the USS Midway, an aircraft-carrier-turned-museum, open to the public – wikipedia.

San Diego Man Andy Phonsongkham Arrested Murder Of Linda Vista Teen Carlos Valdovinos

SAN DIEGO, CA. (THECOUNT) — Andy Phonsongkham has been identified as the suspect arrested on suspicion of murder Thursday following a confrontation that left a 16-year-old boy dead in the San Diego community of Linda Vista, California.

Phonsongkham, 20, was taken into custody in connection with a shooting in Linda Vista that left Carlos Valdovinos dead in the 6500 block of Kelly Street just after 6 p.m. on Thursday.

According to San Diego police, Phonsongkham was inside a vehicle when be became involved in a confrontation with Valdovinos.

Police said at some point the confrontation escalated and the driver opened fire on Valdovinos and then fled the scene.

Valdovinos suffered at least one gunshot wound to his upper body, and he was taken to the hospital by his friends, according to 10News.

Valdovinos was later pronounced dead of gunshot injuries.

Investigators were able to identify Phonsongkham as the suspected shooter and arrested him on suspicion of murder later in the evening, officials said.

Details on the evidence that helped investigators identify the suspect were not provided.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to contact the SDPD Homicide Unit at 619-531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477 or dial 911.

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Geo quick facts: Linda Vista is a community in San Diego, California, United States. Located east of Mission Bay, north of Mission Valley, and south-east of Tecolote Canyon, it lies on a mesa overlooking Mission Valley to the south and Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean to the west. It is also home to the University of San Diego.Wikipedia

CA Men Killed In San Diego Weekend ‘Mid-Air’ Paragliding Collision Identified

SAN DIEGO, CA. (THECOUNT) — Glenn Bengtsson, from Carlsbad, and Raul Valerio of Laguna Hills have been identified as the two men killed in a weekend mid-air paragliding collision in San Diego, the medical examiner’s office announced Sunday.

Bengtsson, 43, and Valerio, 61, died in a paragliding collision that occurred above Torrey Pines, near the Torrey Pines Gliderport, on Torrey Pines Scenic Dr, La Jolla, CA.

Officials identified the two men killed in a mid-air paragliding collision Saturday in an accident happened around 2:30 p.m. near the park’s gliderport.

Lifeguards said the two men — both experienced at the sport — somehow collided, tangling up their parachutes before falling about 75 feet and crashing into the cliffside, reports Fox5SanDiego.

San Diego Fire-Rescue had to use a helicopter to recover the bodies because of their position on the cliff, officials said.

Geo quick facts: Torrey Pines is a primarily residential community of 2,600 acres in the northern coastal area of San Diego, California – Wikipedia.

CA Man Bradley Reynolds Found Shot In Luxury San Diego ‘Strata’ Apt Dies In Hospital Wednesday

SAN DIEGO, CA. (THECOUNT) — Bradley Reynolds, the man found shot Monday at Strata, a luxury San Diego apartment building, died Wednesday.

Reynolds, 30, died from his injuries at a local hospital Wednesday, according to the San Diego Police Department.

The victim was found suffering from gunshot injuries the Strata apartments, located at, 969 Market St, San Diego, CA, on Monday.

Firefighters responded to calls of shots fired around 5:45 a.m. and found a man wounded inside an apartment on the fourth floor, San Diego Fire-Rescue confirmed. Officers tried to save Reynolds’ life before paramedics arrived and rushed him to the hospital.

Authorities advised FOX 5 at the time that the man was not expected to survive.

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CA Active-Navy ‘Good Samaritan’ Shot Dead In San Diego Saturday After Pulling Over To Help “Stranded” I-15 Motorist

SAN DIEGO, CA. (THECOUNT) — Curtis Adams, of San Diego, California, has been identified as the man shot and killed after he pulled over to help what he thought was a stranded motorist early Saturday morning on Interstate 15.

Adams, 21, an active-duty Navy service member, was immediately shot after pulling over to help what he thought was a stranded motorist on the southbound shoulder of I-15 at the northbound Interstate 5 ramp, said police.

Officers were dispatched after the victim’s girlfriend, who was with him at the time of the shooting, called 911 to report Adams had been shot.

Upon arrival, first responders discovered a Black male suffering from at least one gunshot wound to his upper body.

The victim was transported to UC San Diego Medical Center where he later passed away from injuries consistent with the incident.

The suspect, described as a Hispanic male, fled the scene but was captured a short time later. He is being questioned by homicide detectives.

The San Diego Police Department received a call around 2:20 a.m. about a shooting that occurred at The caller stated her boyfriend was shot, said San Diego Police Lt. Anthony Dupree. Investigators learned the victim and his girlfriend pulled over to help what they thought was a stranded motorist. When the victim got out of the car, he was shot immediately. Continue reading

Family: TX Man Involved In Saturday Alice Highway 44 Crash Dies In Hospital

SAN DIEGO, CA. (THECOUNT) — Family of 32-year-old Isaac Castillo confirmed he passed away at a local hospital Sunday due to injuries he sustained in a vehicle accident.

Department of Public Safety is investigating the single-vehicle accident that occurred east of San Diego on TX-44 and Co. Rd. 160 in Alice, TX, Saturday afternoon.

Castillo was traveling in a black pickup heading east when he lost control and flipped over. His vehicle landed on its roof in the brush. Continue reading