16:30 Update San Diego Police Chief ZImmerman gave a very short statement to the media this afternoon informing the public of the identity of the man under arrest. He is Jesse Michael Gomez, born on December 19, 1965. He has been changed with the murder of SDPD Officer Johathan DeGuzman and the attempted murder of Officer Wade Irving.
The chief also announced that a second suspect was arrested on an outstanding warrant, and he is a potential suspect. This is Marcus Antonio Hassani, born on June 8, 1975.The investigation continues to see if he is involved in the murder of Officer DeGuzman and the attempted murder of Officer Irwin.
The chief also informed the public that Officer Irwin “is now awake, and we expect a full recovery.” She also visited with the rest of the family.
We are including the full statement from the Chief. It is about two minutes long.
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Video: Tom Abbott
Jul 29, 2016 (San Diego) Chief Shelley Zimmerman walked into the briefing room at Police Headquarters to brief the media on developing events after two officers were shot last night in Southcrest. Her voice cracked with emotion as she spoke about the two officers.
The officers were, 43 year old Jonathan “JD” DeGuzman, a 16 year veteran of the force, and Wade Irwing, age 32, a 9 year veteran of the force who was recently assigned to the unit last month. Both Officers are assigned to the Gang Suppression Unit.
Officer DeGuzman succumbed to his injuries last night at the trauma of Scripps Hillcrest, leaving behind a wife and two young children. Irwin is in serious condition at UC San Diego, and he is still unconscious with his wife at his side.
Chief Zimmerman started the briefing by remarking that “this is one of the most difficult and heart wrenching situations for police officers to go through.” She added, “I want to commend all of the officers, detectives, civilian staff that have demonstrated professionalism and courage through the long night and continue to do so as we continue to seek answers.”
Zimmerman also thanked the community for their thoughts and prayers. She asked that the community still keep Irwin in their prayers as he recovers.
Zimmerman also said that they did place a suspect under arrest last night. He was also injured, and is currently in the hospital recovering from his wounds. They have not released his name, though he was identified as an adult hispanic make, but will do so pending notification of next of kin. He was taken into custody at 1600 block of South 38th Street.
Both officers were wearing bullet proof vest, and body cameras. There are still many questions pending. Including that they do not know if this was a vehicle stop or a pedestrian contact. This is still under investigation.
Zimmerman worked with DeGuzman when she was a Lt at Mid City division, and she got emotional when she spoke of this. She also said that Mayor Kevin Faulconer was currently on vacation out of town and that the Mayor is on his way to San Diego.
At about 1PM a second suspect was taken into custody by SDPD in the area of the 4000 block of South Epsilon Street.
Over the course of the last two weeks 9 officers have fallen in the line of duty across the country. The last officer who fell in the line of Duty was Officer Jeremy Hen(img)wood on August 7, 2011 in City Heights.
We are attaching the video of the press conference.
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