Crime ‘Let’s Boogie’; Facebook Posts Reveal Alleged Gunman Steven Carrillo’s Mindset Before Oakland Federal Guard Slaying
FBI investigating link between ambush killing of deputy and murder of federal officer
Two other law enforcement officers were injured in the attack.The suspect, Steven Carrillo, 32, was taken into custody on Saturday after he was wounded in a shootout with law enforcement officers in the Santa Cruz Mountains, about 35 miles west of San Jose, officials said.
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Among the pages of evidence released by FBI investigators leading to the arrest of Travis Air Force Sgt. Steven Carrillo in the shooting death of Federal Protective Service officer Dave Underwood were Facebook exchanges that linked him to the far right ‘Boogaloo’ movement and foretold of the deadly violence to come.
Carrillo was in custody in Santa Cruz County jail Wednesday for the special enhancement murder of Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Sgt. Damon Gutzwiller and the attempted murder of several other deputies in an ambush on June 6th in the mountain community of Ben Lomond. The charges carry with them the possibility of death sentence.
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Federal prosecutors added their own murder charge in Underwood’s death also carrying a possible death sentence on Tuesday. Investigators said that Carrillo and his co-defendant in the Oakland shooting — Robert Alvin Justus Jr. — drove up to the guard hut outside at the parking lot of the Oakland federal building and opened fire with a home-made automatic weapon.
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The salvo left the hut riddled with bullet holes. Underwood suffered fatal wounds while a second guard suffered serious injuries.
Suspected Santa Cruz Mountain Gunman Steven Carrillo Arrested In Death Of Oakland Federal Security Guard
Federal prosecutors filed a murder and other charges against Travis Air Force Sgt. Steven Carrillo in the shooting death of Federal Protective Service officer Dave Underwood, who was killed in a hail of gunfire during a night of George Floyd unrest on May 29 while he stood watch over Oakland's federal building.Carrillo was already in custody in Santa Cruz County jail for the special enhancement murder of Santa Cruz sheriff’s Department Sgt. Damon Gutzwiller and the attempted murder of several other deputies in an ambush on June 6th in the mountain community of Ben Lomond. The charges carry with them the possibility of death sentence.
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During their investigation of both shootings, FBI agents uncovered Facebook exchanges between Carrillo, Justus and a third unidentified person in the days and hours before they allegedly targeted Underwood for death during a night of unrest in Oakland linked to outrage over the in-custody death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
On May 28 at approximately 7:20 a.m., Carrillo posted in a Facebook group: “It’s on our coast now, this needs to be nationwide. It’s
a great opportunity to target the specialty soup bois. Keep that energy going.”
FBI investigators say ‘specially soup bois’ in a Boogaloo reference to federal law enforcement officers.
Feds: Man accused of killing officers linked to "boogaloo" movement
The FBI said the alleged shooter and an accomplice "came to Oakland to shoot cops.""To be clear, Carrillo elected to travel to Oakland to conduct this murder and take advantage of a time when this nation was mourning the killing of George Floyd," said FBI special agent in charge Jack Bennett. "There is no evidence that these men had any intention to join the demonstration in Oakland as some as the media have asked. They came to Oakland to kill cops.
“This statement was followed by two fire emojis and a link to a YouTube video showing a large crowd violently attacking two California Highway Patrol vehicles,” Carrillo’s charging statement declared.
At approximately 7:37 a.m., the document revealed, Justus responded; “Lets boogie.” Another user commented at approximately 6:44 p.m. — “Starting tomorrow, Oakland be popping off. Maybe more.”
On May 29 at 7:57 a.m., Carrillo commented on Facebook: “If it kicks off? Its kicking off now and if its not kicking off in your hood then start it. Show them the targets.”
At 8:02 a.m. among Carrillo’s Facebook comments were: “Go to the riots and support our own cause. Show them the real targets. Use their anger to fuel our fire. Think outside the box. We have mobs of angry people to use to our advantage.”
FBI Special Agent in Charge, San Francisco, Jack Bennett told reporters on Tuesday Carrillo used the anger of the Oakland demonstrators to mask his crime and also to whip up further unrest. The Boogaloo Movement has as one of its goals igniting a race civil war within the United States.
Air Force Sergeant With Ties to Extremist Group Charged in Federal Officer’s Death
An Air Force sergeant linked to an anti-government movement was charged with murder and attempted murder on Tuesday in the shooting death of a federal security officer outside a courthouse in Oakland, Calif., last month. The sergeant had expressed his allegiance to the so-called boogaloo movement by writing with his own blood on the hood of a white Toyota Camry and had used the recent protests against racial injustice as a cover to attack law enforcement, according to the F.B.I.
“We believe Carrillo and Justus chose this date because of the planned protest in Oakland,” Bennett said. “It provided them to target multiple law enforcement personnel and to avoid apprehension due to the large crowds attending the demonstrations. As described in detail in the complaint, we believe Justus drove the white van.”
“We believe that messages exchanged between Carrillo, Justus and others that day before the shooting in Oakland indicate a plan to travel to Oakland and attack federal enforcement officers. To be clear, Carrillo elected to travel to Oakland to conduct this murder and take advantage of a time when this nation was mourning the killing of George Floyd.”
Among the evidence linking the two crimes was a white 1992 Ford Cargo van. U.S. Attorney David Anderson said the same van was used in both crimes. An AR-15 rifle recovered at the Santa Cruz crime scene was used in both shootings. Federal officials described the AR-15 as a ‘ghost weapon’ — a gun self-built from parts and not purchased from a manufacturer.
Santa Cruz Mountain Ambush
A 911 caller reported a suspicious white van with guns and explosives inside parked near Ben Lomond on June 6th. It was that report that brought Gutzwiller and deputy sheriff Alex Spencer, who was released from the hospital over the weekend, to Ben Lomond. They followed the van to a home on Waldeberg Road where they were attacked while walking up the driveway.
On Wednesday, thousands were expected to line the streets of Santa Cruz to bid farewell to Gutzwiller, who will also be remembered at a public memorial service.
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