SWAT officers involved in standoff shooting ID’d

SAN DIEGO — San Diego police Monday publicly identified two SWAT officers who returned fire after a domestic-violence suspect allegedly attempted to gun them down during a standoff in the Clairemont area.

Officers Brandon Gibson and Justin Tennebaum, five- and nine-year members of the SDPD, respectively, were among the special weapons and tactics personnel sent to a house in the 1400 block of Mount St. Helens Drive on the night of Dec. 12.

A SWAT team was requested after Hayden Abraham Gerson allegedly became belligerent while patrol officers were investigating a domestic disturbance, ran into the house and retrieved a handgun, according to San Diego police.

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The SWAT personnel were in the process of taking up positions around the house when Gerson opened fire on Gibson and Tennebaum, prompting an exchange of gunfire, Lt. Mike Holden said. No one was injured.

Gerson, 33, came out of the residence unarmed a short time later, but became combative, according to the lieutenant. Holden said the suspect fought with officers and attacked a police dog before being zapped with an electric stun gun and taken into custody.

Gerson is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday on charges of attempted murder of a police officer, interfering with an officer, and harm or interference with a police dog causing great bodily injury.