Former Air Force sergeant sentenced to 41 years for fatal drive-by shooting at courthouse

Steven Carrillo booking photo.
Steven Carrillo, a former Air Force staff sergeant, pleaded guilty to federal murder and attempted murder charges related to a drive-by shooting in Oakland in 2020.
(Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Office)

A former Air Force staff sergeant and alleged member of an alt-right anti-government movement was sentenced to 41 years in prison for a fatal drive-by shooting outside a federal courthouse in Oakland in 2020.

Steven Carrillo, 34, pleaded guilty to federal murder and attempted murder charges. He previously had pleaded not guilty to the charges but changed his plea after prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty.

In his plea agreement, Carrillo said he aligned himself “with the anti-government movement and wanted to carry out violent acts against federal law enforcement officers in particular,” prosecutors said in a release.


The charges stem from the May 2020 shooting of two guards at the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Oakland amid anti-police brutality protests that arose out of the killing of George Floyd.

Rigoberto Covarrubias is the prime suspect in the fatal shooting of Yesli Velazquez Gonzalez and her son, Angel, in the backyard of a home.

Carrillo, an alleged member of the alt-right, extremist “boogaloo” movement, shot at two Protective Services officers with an AR-15 from a van, killing Officer Dave Patrick Underwood and severely injuring another guard.

The alleged driver of the van, Robert Alvin Justus Jr., also faces federal murder and attempted murder charges.

Carrillo was arrested a week after the shooting in Santa Cruz County after allegedly ambushing law enforcement officers, killing Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Sgt. Damon Gutzwiller and injuring several others, as they investigated a van.

He was charged with murder and attempted murder, in addition to other felonies, by the Santa Cruz County district attorney.