Slain San Diego Police Officer Identified

By Chika Dunu, Epoch Times

A San Diego police officer who was fatally wounded during a routine traffic stop on July 28 has been identified as Jonathan DeGuzman, according to law enforcement.

“Our hearts go out to the wife and two kids of fallen Officer Jonathan DeGuzman,” said San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman in during a press conference at the department’s headquarters on Friday. 

DeGuzman, 43, is survived by his wife and two children.

The second officer, who was shot and injured, was identified as 32-year-old Wade Irwin. Both officers are part of the department’s Elite Gang Unit. 

“We are grateful Officer Wade Irwin is expected to survive the attempt on his life,” said Zimmerman.

Zimmerman called for prayers for the families of both officers. 

The deadly encounter began when DeGuzman and Irwin stopped a vehicle in the 3800 block of Boston Avenue located in the Southcrest neighborhood at 11 p.m. local time. Shortly after, a call was made for emergency cover.

DeGuzman suffered multiple gunshot wounds to his upper torso and succumbed to his injuries at Scripps Mercy Hospital. Irwin suffered a gunshot wound in the upper torso and was rushed into surgery at UC Medical and is expected to survive. He is currently hospitalized.

A suspect was taken into custody shortly after the shooting. The search for possible accomplices is currently underway. 

SWAT members were closing in on a suspect holed up in a home in the Shelltown area at approximately 8 a.m. Friday.

“No one is going to hurt you. This has gone on long enough,” SWAT officials are quoted as yelling out according to NBC San Diego. “We hear you coughing in there. We know you’re hurting in there. Man up. This isn’t going to get any easier.”

Two hours into the standoff, the suspect has not yet been captured.

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