UPDATED 4:45 PM PT – Monday, July 26, 2021
Five people were killed in a shooting in California. On Sunday, a Kern County sheriff’s deputy, the suspect and three people in a house where killed in Wasco.
Authorities responded to a 911 call, where someone reported screaming and gunshots coming from a house. When deputies arrived, they were met with gunfire. Three other officers were injured at the scene.
The sheriff’s office called the county SWAT team to assist. The suspect was reportedly shot by deputies after climbing up to the roof of a house and opening fire.
(1/4) The Kern County Sheriff’s Office is saddened to report Deputy Phillip Campas was shot and killed on July 25, 2021 while serving as a SWAT operator attempting to rescue three shooting victims inside of a residence in Wasco, CA. pic.twitter.com/22dNyYn848
— Kern County Sheriff’s Office (@KernCoSheriff) July 26, 2021
The deputy who was fatally shot was 35-year-old Phillip Campas, who served as a patrol deputy, a SWAT team member, an Honor Guard member and recruit training officer.
“Deputy Campas, a five year veteran, was killed in the line of duty on July 25, 2021,” stated Sheriff Donny Youngblood of Kern County Sheriff’s Office. “Deputy Campas joined the sheriff’s office on February 20th, 2016 after serving our country as a United States Marine.”
Authorities believe the suspect killed his two sons, aged 24 and 17, along with their 42-year-old mother. An investigation into the shooting remains ongoing.