Officer in City Heights shooting dies

UPDATE: A 4-year veteran of the San Diego Police Department has been confirmed dead, after what San Diego Police Chief William Landsdowne called a “senseless killing.”

At a press conference about an hour ago, the police chief confirmed the death of 36-year old Officer Jeremy Henwood, who prior to serving the department served in the military.

According to witnesses, the officer pulled up alongside a black Audi on University Avenue and 45th Street when someone in that car shot the officer in the head.

The car took off and was found about 30 minutes later a few blocks away. That is where police shot and killed the suspect, who has been identified as 23-year old Dijon White. Police say a suicide note was found at White's residence upon investigation.

Police also say White shot a man at an In-N-Out Burger restaurant in El Cajon earlier in the day and then led police on a high speed chase on the I-18 and the I-15 before the chase was called off for safety reasons.

According to Chief Landsdowne, the officer was taken to the hospital where he was kept on life support until his organs could be harvested.

Family members from Texas and Canada have been flown into San Diego.

We will have more on this story tonight on the KUSI News at 6 p.m., 10 p.m., and 11 p.m.

 

ORIGINAL STORY: SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A San Diego police officer hit by a shotgun blast in City Heights was fighting for his life, Saturday.

The officer, alone in a patrol car, pulled up alongside a black Audi on University Avenue at 45th Street, and a passenger in the car shot him about 5:30 p.m. Saturday, police said.

He was hospitalized in critical condition at Scripps Mercy Hospital, reportedly with a head wound.

Chief William Lansdowne scheduled a 1 p.m. news conference at police headquarters.

Police said the suspect was believed to be same person who shot someone in the face at an In-N-Out in unincorporated El Cajon at North Magnolia and Bradley avenues, reported at 5:22 p.m. The suspect vehicle was described as a black Audi with paper dealer plates.

That victim, also hit with a shotgun blast, is expected to survive. San Diego County sheriffs deputies are investigating that crime.

A El Cajon police officer, unaware of the shooting, spotted the Audi speeding west on Interstate 8 and chased it, but pulled off when the chase hit 100 mph or more.

San Diego police Capt. Jim Collins said that within minutes a possible link was made between the two cases, and a countywide “all units” broadcast was made at 5:29 p.m.

At 5:32 p.m., a woman used a police radio to report the officer had been shot.

Witnesses described the suspect vehicle as a black sedan with paper dealer plates, Collins said. The driver was described as a black man.

About 6 p.m. police found a vehicle matching the description outside some apartments in the 4000 block of 48th Street, and a fatal officer-involved shooting occurred.

Police sought a second suspect, but no immediate arrests were made in a search of the area.

The Audi contained at least a driver and one passenger.

Collins said a spotter in a police helicopter directed ground units to the 48th Street address as the suspect with the shotgun got back into the Audi. Police blocked the street in an attempt to stop the car, but the suspect allegedly grabbed the shotgun and was fired upon by multiple officers.

After the shooting, the Audi rolled backward into a wrought iron fence. The man inside was declared dead on the spot. His name was being withheld.

On Oct. 28 in Skyline, San Diego police Officer Chris Wilson, 50, was fatally shot in a probation raid.

 

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