SDPD Officer Wade Irwin recovers at home following hospital release
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A San Diego police officer critically wounded last month in a Southcrest-area shootout that killed his partner was continuing his recovery at home Tuesday following his release from hospital care.
San Diego police Officer Wade Irwin was discharged from a trauma center Saturday night, SDPD spokesman Lt. Scott Wahl announced Tuesday.
“He and his family are thankful for all of the support and well wishes (from the public),” Wahl said.
The family attorney — Jim Cunningham — was asked by the Irwin family to convey the following:
“The Irwin family wishes to send out their heartfelt appreciation for the incredible outpouring of support and encouragement they received from all of the citizens, businesses and law enforcement personnel throughout San Diego and the State. The Irwin family is particularly thankful to his partners his fellow officers and command staff who the entire time Wade was in the hospital not one second went by without one of them standing by his side there to support and encourage him to recovery “
The nine-year San Diego Police Department veteran and fellow gang-unit Officer Jonathan “J.D.” De Guzman were conducting a field stop on Acacia Grove Way when they came under fire about 11 p.m. on July 28.
De Guzman, 43, was mortally wounded and died a short time later. Irwin, though shot in the neck, was able to return fire and radio for help.
Cunningham went on to state:
“In my 30 years of practicing Police Law, I have yet to meet a more courageous and dedicated police officer than Officer Irwin. The family is asking to allow them some privacy to heal and reconnect after this incredible ordeal. The recovery will be long but there is an expectation that Officers Irwin’s wish to return to the streets of San Diego to again protect our citizens will happen.”
The man who allegedly shot the officers, 52-year-old ex-con Jesse Michael Gomez, was critically wounded in the exchange of gunfire. On Aug. 2, he pleaded not guilty from his hospital bed to charges of murder, attempted murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Gomez also faces a special-circumstance allegation of murder of a police officer, making him eligible for the death penalty if convicted.
The defendant’s next court hearing, a status conference, is scheduled for Sept. 1.