Deputy Sheriff Phillip Jesse Campas

Deputy Sheriff Phillip Jesse Campas

Kern County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch Sunday, July 25, 2021

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Phillip Jesse Campas

Deputy Sheriff Phillip Campas was shot and killed during a barricade at a home near the intersection of 1st Street and Poplar Avenue in Wasco.

Deputies had initially responded to the home for reports of a shooting at about 1:00 pm. A subject inside fired at the deputies and then barricaded himself in the home, prompting the agency's SWAT team to be deployed. At about 3:00 pm the subject opened fire on members of the SWAT team as they approached the home. Deputy Campas and another deputy were struck by the gunfire. They were both transported to a local hospital where Deputy Campas succumbed to his wounds.

The subject was shot and wounded when he exchanged more shots with the SWAT team at about 6:30 pm.

Deputy Sheriff Campas was a U.S Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Kern County Sheriff's Officer for five years. He is survived by his wife, and three children.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 1392
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and wounded

barricade, shots fired, swat

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I spoke to Deputy Campas June 15 2021 at the shell station . He was having breakfast before heading to the shooting range. I had worked with deputy Campas prior to retiring. We talked about God and family . We talked about a bible verse psalm 90:12 So teach us to number our days so we may gain a heart of wisdom. Campas was working a new assignment to be able to spend more time with his family. We prayed and that was the last time I spoke to Deputy Campas . See you at Heavens gates Brother

Brian Carr

November 27, 2022

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