Wasco, California Shooting Latest Updates: Press Conference Underway After 5 Killed

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A sheriff's deputy and four others were killed during a weekend shooting near Bakersfield, California.

Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood confirmed that the suspected shooter is among the dead, as well as his two sons and their mother, during a press conference Monday. Youngblood said that authorities weren't sure of the nature of the relationship between the alleged shooter and the mother of his children, but the suspect was issued a restraining order in June prohibiting him from owning firearms.

During a press conference Monday, Youngblood identified the deceased deputy as 35-year-old Phillip Campas, who was part of the SWAT team sent to the scene. He described Campas as an exemplary deputy who will be missed by his colleagues.

"He touched everybody in our organization," Youngblood said.

Another deputy, Zander Guerrero, was shot during the incident. Guererro was transported to the Kern Medical Center and treated for gunshot wounds to the upper body before being released Sunday night, Youngblood said during the press conference.

The shooting took place in Wasco, a small town northwest of Bakersfield, on Sunday afternoon. Two other deputies were also wounded by shrapnel during the shooting.

Deputies first arrived at the house around 1 p.m. after receiving a 911 call about a male with a firearm. A standoff between the suspected gunman and the SWAT team that arrived later lasted hours, Youngblood said.

It wasn't until around 6:30 p.m. that the gunman left the house and began climbing on the roof, armed with a handgun and an AK-47 assault rifle.

The suspect, 41-years-old, was shot and then pulled off the roof to receive medical aid. He was pronounced dead at scene, and his name has not yet been released publicly.

Authorities are still investigating the incident.

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Authorities Give Update on Wasco Shooting
Kern County authorities confirmed Monday that two deputies, one of whom later died, were shot during an incident at a Wasco home. A police car with 'Emergency Dial 911' on its side is seen parked in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Robert Alexander/Getty Images

Second Deputy Shot Identified, Released From Hospital

Authorities identified Zander Guerrero as the second deputy shot Sunday at the Wasco home.

Guererro was transported to the Kern Medical Center and treated for gunshot wounds to the upper body, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said during a press conference Monday. He was released from the center Sunday night.

Two other deputies were wounded by shrapnel during the incident and another, Phillip Campas, was killed.

Wasco Mayor Laments Death of Deputy Phillip Campas

Wasco Mayor Alex Garcia expressed his "deepest condolences" after the death of Deputy Phillip Campas, who was fatally shot in the line of duty Sunday.

Garcia said hearing of Campas' death was "news that every mayor prays to never get" in a statement.

"Nothing can prepare us for tragedies such as these. In an instant our lives can change forever," Garcia said.

He also expressed gratitude for all the other law enforcement officers who "valiantly put their lives in the line every day to protect our residents."

"I cannot thank you enough for the work you do," he wrote.

This morning I requested staff to lower the US Flag at city hall in honor of our fallen hero. 🙏🏽 🇺🇸

— Mayor Alex Garcia (@MayorAlexGarcia) July 26, 2021

Standoff Between SWAT Team, Suspected Wasco Shooter Lasted Hours

A standoff between the suspected gunman and the SWAT team dispatched to the scene lasted hours, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said Monday.

SWAT first approached the house at 2:53 p.m. (PDT) in an attempt to extricate anyone inside who was still alive. The gunman opened fire on the team then, shooting two members, including the now deceased Phillip Campas, and wounding two others with shrapnel.

After removing the injured deputies, the SWAT team resumed their duties outside the house. It wasn't until around 6:30 p.m. that the gunman left the house and began climbing on the roof, armed with a handgun and an AK-47 assault rifle, Youngblood said

The suspect was shot and then pulled off the roof to receive medical aid, but he was pronounced dead at scene.

Authorities said the investigation for the incident is still ongoing.

Wasco Shooting Victims Included Gunman's Two Sons, Mother of Sons

The three victims found inside the home where the Wasco shooting occurred were the suspected gunman's two sons and their mother, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said Monday.

Youngblood said that authorities weren't sure of the nature of the relationship between the alleged shooter and the mother of his children, but the suspect had been issued a restraining order in June prohibiting him from owning firearms.

The suspected gunman's sons were 17-years-old and 24-years-old, while their mother was 42-years-old, Youngblood said. The suspect was 41-years-old.

Two adult females and two female juveniles were able to escape the residence unharmed, Youngblood said. Their relationship to the gunman and victims has not been disclosed publicly.

Authorities Identify Phillip Campas as Deputy Killed in Wasco Shooting

Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood identified 35-year-old Phillip Campas as the deputy killed in Wasco Sunday afternoon.

Campas was part of the SWAT team that was called to the house where the shooting occurred, Youngblood said. Campas was struck when the suspected gunman fired on the team from inside the house, and he later died from his wounds.

Youngblood described Campas as an exemplary deputy who will be missed by his colleagues.

"He touched everybody in our organization," Youngblood said.

"When you talk about police officers that run toward gunfire, that's him," he added.