San Diego police officer, JD DeGuzman was killed and another officer was injured in a shooting as the pair tried to make a stop. A suspect was shot and was found in the area in critical condition, police said. The officers were identified by San Diego Police Department Chief Shelley Zimmerman.
Jonathan “J.D.” DeGuzman, 16-year veteran of the department, was killed. Officer Wade Irwin, a nine-year veteran, was shot and hospitalized. Zimmerman commended the “professionalism and courage” of her sworn and civilian staff in the overnight investigation, which was continuing Friday. “This is one of the most difficult and heart-wrenching situations for police officers to go through,” Zimmerman said.
The shooting happened after the two uniformed gang-suppression officers tried to stop an individual in the 3700 block of Acacia Grove Way, in the city’s Southcrest section, Zimmerman said. It wasn’t clear if the confrontation started as a vehicle or pedestrian stop, the chief said at an 11 a.m. news conference, clarifying earlier comments.
The two officers radioed shortly before 11 p.m. Thursday that they were going to stop someone, Zimmerman said earlier Friday. Almost immediately afterward, they called for emergency backup.
“It happened extremely quickly,” she said. She didn’t say why the officers were trying to make a stop. DeGuzman leaves a wife and two young children, DeGuzman was remembered as friendly and outgoing. If he saw you, he would wave and say hello.