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Two Kern County Sheriff’s Deputies Shot in Wasco, One Has Died

Two Kern County Sheriff’s Deputies Shot in Wasco, One Has Died

Kern County Sheriff's Deputy Phillip Campas

Kern County Sheriff’s Deputy Phillip Campas

UPDATE: 35-year-old sheriff’s deputy Phillip Campas was fatally shot when his SWAT team tried to rescue hostages held inside a home by a man armed with an AK-47-style rifle and a handgun.

Four other people were also killed in the standoff, including the gunman who had prior arrests for domestic violence offenses. His sons and their mother were found dead in the home.

Two Kern County Deputies have been shot, one fatally according to Wasco City Mayor Alex Garcia. Deputies originally responded to a shots fired call this afternoon and were involved in an exchange of gunfire that wounded deputies and resulted in a SWAT standoff with the gunman barricading himself inside the home. It is believed there are three people inside the home with the gunman and are believed to be family.

Please join us in sending prayers for a swift and safe ending to this incident. We pray the wounded recover, and we send our deepest condolences to the fallen heroes loved ones.

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