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Air Force Sergeant Linked To ‘Boogaloo’ Movement Charged In Federal Officer’s Death

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Steven Carrillo has been charged with murder in the killing of a federal security officer outside a California courthouse

An air force sergeant already jailed over the ambush killing of a California sheriff’s deputy was charged in connection with the shooting death of a federal security officer outside the US courthouse in Oakland during a night violent protest last month. Officials say the man has ties to the anti-government “boogaloo” movement.

SSgt Steven Carrillo, 32, was charged on Tuesday with murder and attempted murder in the killing of 53-year-old federal officer Dave Patrick Underwood.

Carrillo separately faces state charges in the 6 June ambush and fatal shooting of Santa Cruz county sheriff’s Sgt Damon Gutzwiller and the wounding of four other officers in Ben Lomond, an unincorporated area outside the beachfront city of Santa Cruz, south of San Francisco.

Carrillo, a leader of an elite military security force, had multiple links to the far-right, anti-government “boogaloo” movement, federal prosecutors said at a news conference on Tuesday.

Law enforcement officials said they identified multiple pieces of evidence that linked Carrillo to the developing anti-government extremist movement associated with the term “boogaloo”, an ironic word for “a violent uprising or impending civil war in the United States”.

Law enforcement officials discovered a ballistic vest with a “boogaloo” flag on it in a van they said Carrillo had used, and also alleged that Carrillo had written phrases associated with the movement in his own blood on the hood of a car he hijacked, according the criminal complaint against Carrillo.

The phases in blood included “boog,” short for “boogaloo”, and “I became unreasonable”, a phrase associated with Marvin Heemeyer, an anti-government extremist from Colorado who is frequently cited in “boogaloo” social media groups, NBC News reported.

Underwood died from gunshot wounds in a drive-by shooting outside the Ronald V Dellums Federal Building in Oakland on 29 May. Another federal officer was critically injured. The two contract security officers worked for homeland security’s Federal… (Read more)

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