Suspect in Lakeside shootout stabbed in jail

SAN DIEGO — A suspected child molester who allegedly shot two sheriff’s deputies during a gun battle at a Lakeside apartment last fall was stabbed in jail, officials said.

Daniel Witczak was assaulted with a sharp object  on Saturday evening at the George Bailey Detention Center in Otay Mesa, sheriff’s spokeswoman Jan Caldwell said.  He is expected to recover from his injuries, she said. Caldwell would not discuss the attack, saying only that it was the subject of an ongoing investigation.

No other information about the attack injuries and there is an ongoing investigation into this matter.

Daniel-Witczak-ArraignmentWitczak faces three counts of attempted murder of a peace officer in connection with the shootout on Sept. 25, 2012, near El Capitan High School. Prosecutors say he shot Sgt. Craig Johnson and Detective Ali Perez with a high-powered rifle when they went to his Mapleview Street apartment to question him about a report that he had sexually assaulted his live-in girlfriend’s 6-year-old daughter, authorities said.

The out-of-work auto mechanic then allegedly got into gun battle with other deputies who arrived in response to the gunfire. The assailant finally surrendered almost a quarter-hour later, after suffering several bullet wounds, officials said.

Witczak was arraigned in his hospital room and later transferred to jail.