Sun. Dec 10th, 2023

A Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Deputy who was injured in an
ambush attack that left a sergeant from the same department dead last week has
returned home from the hospital Sunday, the department said in a tweet.

Deputy Alex Spencer was “shot, hit with shrapnel and struck
by the suspect’s car,” according to officials.

Video shows Spencer leaving the hospital to cheers and
applause as his fellow deputies gather around.

“We will be waiting for the day King27 is back in service,”
the tweet read.

Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Sgt. Damon Gutzwiller was killed after the two deputies responded to reports of a suspicious vehicle in Ben Lomond on June 6. A vigil was held for him the following day.

“There’s a hole in all of our hearts now,” said Santa Cruz County Sheriff Jim Hart at the vigil where more than a thousand mourners were in attendance.

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By Richard Moran

Richard Moran loves to write about sports with the Golden State Online. Before that, he worked as a senior writer at ESPN. Richard grew up in San Diego and graduated from the University of San Diego in 2004, after which he worked as an editor for five years.

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