Preliminary hearing scheduled for man accused of killing SDPD Officer Jonathan “J.D.” DeGuzman
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A preliminary hearing is scheduled Monday for a man accused of fatally shooting San Diego police Officer Jonathan “J.D.” DeGuzman and wounding his partner in Southcrest in 2016.
Jesse Michael Gomez, 58, faces the death penalty if convicted of murder, attempted murder and a special circumstance allegation of murder of a police officer. The preliminary hearing will determine whether Gomez will proceed to trial on those charges. He remains held without bail.
Gomez is accused of shooting DeGuzman and Wade Irwin — two gang-unit officers — about 11 p.m. on July 28, 2016, when they tried to detain him in the 3700 block of Acadia Grove Way.
Patrol personnel responding to the officers’ call for backup found them suffering from gunshot wounds to their upper bodies.
DeGuzman, a 16-year SDPD veteran, was pronounced dead after being rushed to a hospital.
Gomez was taken into custody in a ravine off South 38th Street, a short distance from the scene of the shooting. He was hospitalized with a gunshot wound to his upper body.