On July 25, 2021 Kern County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Phillip Campas was tragically killed in the line of duty. Deputy Campas was struck by gunfire while entering a residence with a SWAT team formation in an attempt to suppress an active-shooter that had executed family members and was holding additional family hostage. Deputy Campas suffered severe injuries in the ambush and was immediately evacuated and transported for medical care. Unfortunately, Deputy Campas succumbed to the injuries he received.
Deputy Campas is a 5 year veteran of the Kern County Sheriff’s Office. He has held various assignments including patrol, recruit training officer, SWAT and held a range assignment where he provided firearms training and mentoring to all departmental armed staff. Deputy Campas served as a United States Marine prior to being employed with the Sheriff’s Office.
Deputy Campas leaves behind his spouse and 3 children ages 6, 9 and 13. The Campas family will be in need of support as they grieve their tragic loss and begin to move forward after adjusting to the loss of their beloved husband and father.