A domestic violence hostage incident in Wasco, CA, ended in the deaths of five people, including a Kern County Sheriff's deputy Sunday.
In an emotional press conference on Monday morning, Sheriff Donny Youngblood teared up as he identified the deputy killed as 35-year-old Phillip Campas, a five-year veteran who had already distinguished himself at the department. "When you talk about police officers that run towards gunfire, that's him," the sheriff said of the SWAT deputy.
Deputy Campas was a former U.S. Marine who had served as a sergeant in Afghanistan in 2008, the sheriff said. He leaves behind a wife and two young children, ABC30 reports.
The incident began when authorities received a 911 call from someone who heard screaming and shooting coming from the house.
When deputies arrived, a standoff ensued and SWAT was called. The suspect reportedly fired on the SWAT team killing Deputy Campas and wounding three other deputies.
Deputy Dizander Guerrero was wounded by gunfire and two deputies were struck by shrapnel.
Hours into the standoff, the suspect came out and climbed onto the roof, armed with an AK47 and a handgun, and began shooting. Deputies shot him and he died from his injuries.
The sheriff's office believes he killed his two sons and their mother.