San Diego police officer killed, another injured in traffic stop shooting
Deceased officer ID'd as Jonathan DeGuzman, a 16-year veteran of SDPD
One San Diego police officer was killed and another was wounded in a shootout following a late-night traffic stop, authorities said Friday. A suspect was wounded and taken into custody a short time later and hours later police surrounded a home as they searched for man described as a possible accomplice.
Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman identified the dead officer as Jonathan DeGuzman, a 16-year veteran of the force who was married with two children. He suffered multiple gunshot wounds.
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Officer Wade Irwin, 32, underwent surgery after being shot and was expected to survive, Zimmerman said. His wife was at the hospital during surgery.
Both officers were wearing bulletproof vests and body cameras, and quickly called for assistance from other officers, Zimmerman said.
"It happened extremely quickly, very quickly," she said. "From the information that was put out that a stop was being made to that the officers called for emergency cover to when the other officers arrived on scene, we're talking very, very quickly, Seconds to a minute or so. Very quickly."
Zimmerman told reporters that 52-year-old Jesse Gomez was taken into custody and is in critical condition from a gunshot wound but expected to survive.
Police arrested a second man, 41-year-old Marcus Antonio Cassani, on an unrelated warrant. Police are investigating whether he was involved in the early morning police shootings.
Zimmerman says Cassani was arrested outside a house that SWAT had surrounded for hours. She gave no further details.
'Long haul' in recovery
After visiting Irwin later at UC San Diego Medical Center, Zimmerman told reporters that the officer's prospects for recovery were good.
"It's a little bit of a long haul until he makes a full recovery, but the good news is that he is going to survive and he is going to recover," she said outside the hospital.
The shooting came as law officers around the country are on high alert following the killing of officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, La., this month.
"Violence against the men and women who wear the badge is violence against us all," San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer said after the shootings in his city. "I ask all San Diegans and all people across our nation to join together in support of our officers who courageously protect our communities. We need them and they need us."
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch mentioned the San Diego shooting during a meeting Friday with police officers and other first responders in Baton Rouge, where a gunman killed three on-duty law enforcement officers earlier this month.
"I know this community, more than most knows exactly what these families are feeling at this moment," she said.