Officer who survived shooting that killed partner released from hospital
SAN DIEGO – A San Diego police officer who was wounded last month in an attack that killed his partner has been released from the hospital and is recovering at home with his family, police officials announced Tuesday.
Officer Wade Irwin, a member of the SDPD’s gang-suppression unit, had been hospitalized since he and colleague Jonathan “J.D.” De Guzman were shot in the Southcrest neighborhood late on the night of July 28.
Irwin, who has been a San Diego police officer for nine years, and De Guzman, a 16-year SDPD veteran, were conducting a field stop on Acacia Grove Way when they got into a brief gun battle. Irwin fell to the ground when he was shot in the neck, but he managed to return fire.
The man who allegedly opened fire on them, 52-year-old Jesse Michael Gomez, was critically wounded. Gomez has been released from the hospital and is currently in San Diego Central Jail awaiting trial on counts of first degree murder, attempted murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s website. His bail was set at $5 million.
De Guzman, 43, died at Scripps Mercy Hospital later that night. Irwin, 32, underwent surgery at UC San Diego Medical Center, where he remained until Saturday.
Irwin and his family are thankful for the support and well wishes from the public, police spokesman Lt. Scott Wahl said. They are asking for privacy during the remainder of his recovery, Wahl said.