Santa Clara Sheriff’s Deputy Charged With Felony for Faking an Ambush

February 3, 2021Joshua Skovlund
Santa Clara County Sheriff's Deputy Sukhdeep Gill

Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Sukhdeep Gill, 27, was arrested Saturday and charged with felony vandalism and a misdemeanor, falsely reporting a crime, after he faked an ambush on Jan. 31, 2020, according to a Santa Clara County Office of the District Attorney press release

“If the allegations hold true, Deputy Gill’s actions are not representative of the upstanding men and women of the Sheriff’s Office, who risk their lives every day to serve and protect our community with honesty and integrity,” reads a press release from Sheriff Laurie Smith’s office.

Santa Clara County Sheriff's deputy faked ambush
The scene of the alleged drive-by shooting ambush. Photo courtesy of the Santa Clara Sheriff’s Office.

On Jan. 31, 2020, Gill radioed in a “shots fired” call at approximately 10:32 p.m. When the first officer arrived as backup, Gill told him he had pulled over and parked in order to urinate on the rural roadside during a routine patrol. 

Gill alleged that as he was walking to his patrol car, a silver sedan approached him with its headlights off and opened fire on him. He said that he returned fire with two gunshots and that the vehicle sped away, according to the Santa Clara County district attorney’s press release. 

deputy faked ambush
Deputy Sukhdeep Gill’s squad car and body camera both show bullet damage after an allegedly faked ambush. Photos courtesy of the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies and officers from the sheriff’s office and the San Jose, Morgan Hill, and Gilroy police departments responded to Gill’s report of shots fired. 

Gill was placed on administrative leave while the criminal and administrative investigations were ongoing. A comprehensive investigation revealed evidence, including ballistics, that “exposed serious discrepancies in the deputy’s account.” 

Gill had been with the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office since 2016. The sheriff’s office declined to give any further information at this time. 

Joshua Skovlund
Joshua Skovlund

Joshua Skovlund is a former staff writer for Coffee or Die. He covered the 75th anniversary of D-Day in France, multinational military exercises in Germany, and civil unrest during the 2020 riots in Minneapolis. Born and raised in small-town South Dakota, he grew up playing football and soccer before serving as a forward observer in the US Army. After leaving the service, he worked as a personal trainer while earning his paramedic license. After five years as in paramedicine, he transitioned to a career in multimedia journalism. Joshua is married with two children.

More from Coffee or Die Magazine
Coffee Or Die Photo
From the Team Room to Team Room Design: An Operator’s Creative Journey

BRCC partners with Team Room Design for an exclusive T-shirt release!

Coffee Or Die Photo
Get Your Viking On: The Exclusive 30 Sec Out BRCC Shirt Club Design

Thirty Seconds Out has partnered with BRCC for an exclusive shirt design invoking the God of Winter.

Grizzly Forge BRCC shirt
Limited Edition: Grizzly Forge Blades on an Awesome BRCC Shirt

Lucas O'Hara of Grizzly Forge has teamed up with BRCC for a badass, exclusive Shirt Club T-shirt design featuring his most popular knife and tiomahawk.

BRCC Limited Edition Josh Raulerson Blackbeard Skull Shirt
From Naval Service to Creative Canvas: BRCC Veteran Artist Josh Raulerson

Coffee or Die sits down with one of the graphic designers behind Black Rifle Coffee's signature look and vibe.

Medal of Honor is held up.
Biden Will Award Medal of Honor to Army Helicopter Pilot Who Rescued Soldiers in Vietnam Firefight

Biden will award the Medal of Honor to a Vietnam War Army helicopter pilot who risked his life to save a reconnaissance team from almost certain death.

dear jack mandaville
Dear Jack: Which Historic Battle Would You Want To Witness?

Ever wonder how much Jack Mandaville would f*ck sh*t up if he went back in time? The American Revolution didn't even see him coming.

west point time capsule
West Point Time Capsule Yields Centuries-Old Coins

A nearly 200-year-old West Point time capsule that at first appeared to yield little more than dust contains hidden treasure, the US Military Academy said.

  • About Us
  • Privacy Policy
  • Careers
Contact Us
Contact Us
© 2024 Coffee or Die Magazine. All Rights Reserved