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Updated: Officer Slain During Federal Probation Raid

Updated: Officer Slain During Federal Probation Raid

AP via YellowBrix

October 28, 2010

A San Diego police officer died in a shootout at an apartment and an eight-hour siege ended Thursday with the death of his suspected killer and another person, police said.

The standoff ended at about 6:50 a.m. when police officers went into the second-story apartment in the Skyline area of southeast San Diego and found a man and woman dead, Lt. Andra Brown said.

At least one of them was believed to have opened fire on officers the night before, she said, adding that it was not immediately clear whether the two committed suicide or died during the shootout. They were not immediately identified.

Three other people in the apartment were detained earlier and more than 50 people were evacuated from surrounding apartments during the standoff, she said.

The confrontation began at about 10:45 p.m. Wednesday when federal probation officers and U.S. marshals went to the apartment to check on a man who was on probation for assault with a deadly weapon, Brown said.

Acting Assistant Police Chief Jim Collins said someone inside opened the door, then slammed it in their faces.

The officers kicked in the door and took a man into custody, then called in San Diego police to help search for other people inside the apartment.

Luis, 26, stood in a grocery store parking lot across the street, wearing a Red Cross blanket and bright blue socks.

Luis told The Associated Press he was in the apartment downstairs with his wife and two small children when he heard gunfire.

“I just hear like a big ‘boom!’, then they exchanged some words, then I heard ‘Officer down! Officer down!,’” he said.

Luis said he rushed to his window and saw police carrying another officer with a blood-covered neck and face down the stairs.

He continued to hear gunshots and told his family to take cover. Moments later, an officer banged on the door and yelled: “Get out! Get out!,” and the family fled as bullets cracked in the darkness, Luis said.

Luis said he saw about 50 men, women and children running, crouched over, out of the complex.

They were herded across the street.

Luis said a couple lived in the upstairs apartment and he had seen a small girl there but he did not know if she also was a resident.

“They looked like really calm people,” he said. “I never thought they would be like that.”

A tenant, Ryan Davis, told the San Diego Union-Tribune that he heard six to 12 shots fired from what sounded like handguns and a shotgun.

“There was a hail of bullets,” Brown said, but he declined to provide an estimate.

Three officers, including the fatally wounded officer, returned fire, police said.

Two officers fled the apartment, then went back inside to retrieve their wounded comrade, Brown said. He died at about 3 a.m. Thursday at a hospital. His name was not immediately released.

A police dog named Monty also was wounded in the shooting but is expected to survive, Brown said.

Dozens of San Diego police, county sheriff’s deputies and federal officers responded to the officers’ call for help and a special weapons team cordoned off the apartment.

A man and woman were arrested at about 3 a.m. after the SWAT team fired a flash-bang grenade inside, police said.

Hours later, the last two bodies were discovered.

Collins said the first man taken into custody lived in the apartment. Residents of the apartment complex told the Union-Tribune that the man lived with his mother, and had a brother who was often there with his girlfriend.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A San Diego police officer died in a shootout at an apartment and an eight-hour siege ended Thursday with the death of his suspected killer and another person, police said.

The standoff ended at about 6:50 a.m. when police officers went into the second-story apartment in the Skyline area of southeast San Diego and found a man and a woman dead, Lt. Andra Brown said.

At least one of them was believed to have opened fire on officers the night before, she said, adding that it was not immediately clear whether the couple committed suicide or died during the shootout.

Three other people in the apartment were detained earlier and more than 50 people were evacuated from surrounding apartments during the standoff, she said.

The confrontation began at about 10:45 p.m. Wednesday when federal probation officers and U.S. marshals went to the apartment to check on a man who was on probation for assault with a deadly weapon, Brown said.

After the first burst of gunfire, two officers who fled the apartment went back inside to retrieve their wounded comrade, but he died at a hospital. Two other officers still in the apartment fled, including one who climbed out a window, Brown said.


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    Stirlitz_US

    almost 4 years ago

    136 Comments

    R.I.P. Brother.

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    jakester

    almost 4 years ago

    1148 Comments

    IN HONORE CASORUM
    Gone, but not forgotten.

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    gn13

    almost 4 years ago

    518 Comments

    May this officer and all who knew and loved him find peace. Thank you for your service, sir.

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    Charlie10

    almost 4 years ago

    732 Comments

    Rest in Peace Brother!

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    grant319

    almost 4 years ago

    1208 Comments

    RIP my brother

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    revcarey70

    almost 4 years ago

    234 Comments

    Rest in Peace Officer.

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    Chief171

    almost 4 years ago

    3192 Comments

    RIP God Speed Brother.

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    newkid6745

    almost 4 years ago

    38 Comments

    Chris - You will never be forgotten by your Police Brothers and Sisters World wide. Thank you for your service to your country and to your community. Rest in peace Brother. Thanks to the officers who bravely returned and retrieved your body

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    pdyer

    almost 4 years ago

    354 Comments

    My thoughts are with the officers family, friends and co-workers.

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    As a former SDPD officer and a retired San Diego deputy sheriff, I would like to offer my deepest condolences to the officers family and to the other officers on the dept.

    Rest in peace my brother, I know God has given you a special place in heaven.

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    Thank God the two officers went back into "the breach" and retrieved Chris. We're in prayer for the wounded, Chris's family, and all of their colleagues. Tough day for San Diego!
    Det. M. C. Williams
    Chaplain, www.TheCenturionLawEnforcementMinistry.org

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    mmarchesi

    almost 4 years ago

    2686 Comments

    Rest in Peace my Brother. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones.

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    medic75

    almost 4 years ago

    12 Comments

    RIP, always sad for him, but more for the family.

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    Godspeed to my Brother.

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    Gombino

    almost 4 years ago

    2658 Comments

    Rest in Peace. Prayers.

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