Two men with ties to extremist anti-government group arrested in murder of Oakland officer

The two men are linked to the extremist group called 'Boogaloo'

Updated: June 17, 2020 - 10:58am

Two men have been charged in the May 29 drive-by killing of a federal courthouse guard in Oakland, California.

The suspect, Steven Carrillo, a U.S. Air Force sergeant, had additionally been charged with killing a sheriff's deputy in Santa Cruz earlier this month.

According to the FBI's affidavit, Carrillo appeared to be inspired and motivated by the militant anti-government group "boogaloo," whose followers believe the U.S. government is an enemy, focused on taking away the guns that citizens may need in the event of a civil war or violent uprising.

Federal prosecutors charged Carrillo with the murder of officer David Patrick Underwood, and attempted murder of a second Oakland guard.

Robert Alvin Justus Jr., Carrillo's suspected accomplice, was charged with aiding and abetting the attack in Oakland. Justus allegedly drove the vehicle from which Carrillo allegedly fired the shots.

FBI investigators say that the two men met on Facebook and agreed that the protests and riots happening on the streets if Oakland following the death of George Floyd were "a great opportunity" to conduct an attack.

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