SAN DIEGO – Chopper the Biker Dog, a well-known therapy dog, comforted a San Diego police officer who remains hospitalized Wednesday after being shot in Southcrest.
Chopper the Biker Dog spent Tuesday at the bedside of what appears to be Wade Irwin, the SDPD officer from the gang-suppression unit. Irwin has been hospitalized since he and colleague Jonathan “J.D.” De Guzman were shot in the Southcrest neighborhood late Thursday night.
Irwin, who has been a San Diego police officer for nine years, and De Guzman, a 16-year police veteran, were conducting a field stop on Acacia Grove Way when they got into a brief gun battle. The man who allegedly opened fire on them, 52-year-old Jesse Michael Gomez, was critically wounded.
De Guzman, 43, died at Scripps Mercy Hospital later that night. Irwin, 32, underwent surgery at UC San Diego Medical Center and is expected to make a full recovery, according to officials.
A message and picture of Chopper was posted on his Facebook page:
“Today was a very special day, a very emotional day for me. I laid in a hospital bed with a SD Police Officer who came so very close to losing his life 5 days ago in the line of duty. His partner lost his life that night. All I could do is lay here and comfort this officer, hoping he would feel the love I have for him. I kept thinking, I wish there was something I could have done, that I could have been there….to save his partner’s life!”