Support flows for SDPD after shooting of two officers in Southcrest

San Diego was mourning the loss of one San Diego police officer and was hopeful for the quick recovery of a second officer Friday, after both had been shot during a traffic stop in Southcrest late Thursday. 

Support began pouring out instantly —from San Diego officials, local politicians and even the Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer released a statement Friday morning:

"Last night we lost one of San Diego’s finest. We grieve for our fallen officer and stand with his family during this very difficult time. We also pray for the second officer shot last night as he recovers from surgery. Violence against the men and women who wear the badge is violence against us all. I ask all San Diegans and all people across our nation to join together in support of our officers who courageously protect our communities. We need them and they need us." 

Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) issued a statement:

"The loss of one of our police officers is a loss for all of San Diego. I send my deepest condolences to the officer’s family and loved ones, and prayers for the full recovery of the wounded officer. From my time on City Council I have been aware of the dangers our police officers face and I’m tremendously grateful to them for the risks they take every day to keep our communities safe. San Diego is fortunate to have the steady leadership of Chief Zimmerman in this difficult time."

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, who represents Southcrest:

The District Attorney’s office mourned the loss of an SDPD officer:

Congressman Darrell Issa kept SDPD in his thoughts:

San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore had this to say:

“It’s been all too frequently in recent weeks that I’ve written to you regarding a tragic and senseless killing of one of our own. Today we grieve with the men and women of the San Diego Police Department who last night suffered the loss of one officer and traumatic injury to another.

“On Behalf of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, I want to extend my deepest condolences to the family of Officer Jonathan DeGuzman. We also want to wish Officer Wade Irwin a full recovery. We stand in solidarity with our colleagues at the San Diego Police Department and all who work in law enforcement.

“While we struggle to make sense of these acts, we also must reaffirm our commitment to each other, our families and communities. I ask our deputies to continue to remain vigilant and above all, be safe while you carry out your duties.” 

Agencies across San Diego County offered their support to San Diego police:

The Southcrest shooting came less than two weeks after a man with ties to San Diego fatally ambushed officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, killing three and wounding three others. Five officers in Dallas were also killed by a gunman earlier this month.

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