Sergeant Damon Gutzwiller served the community of Santa Cruz County since 2006 when he was hired by the Santa Cruz Sheriffs Office. During that time he served as a patrol deputy and detective. When he was promoted to Sergeant he performed as the leader that this community needed and deserved.
Sergeant Damon Gutzwiller was lost to his family and community on June 6, 2020, when he and other deputies investigating a suspicious vehicle were ambushed by a suspect who used both multiple improvised explosive devises and an assault rifle on them. Sergeant Gutzwiller was shot and taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Damon was a beautiful person who cared most about his family. He leaves behind a wife who is 3 weeks away from delivering their second child, and the love of his life Carter, their 2 year old son.
Our law enforcement community is in mourning and is asking for your donations for the family. No amount of monies will make this tragedy right, but it will allow the people Damon cared about most to continue their lives without thoughts of financial issues. All monies donated will go directly to his family.
On behalf of the Santa Cruz County Sheriffs Office and the Deputy Sheriffs Association we are grateful for any support we can offer the Gutzwiller family.