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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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    AKangel

    over 3 years ago

    4972 Comments

    Rest in peace Officer, Godspeed sir

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    npd783

    over 3 years ago

    1156 Comments

    Rest In Peace Brother, and God be with the family.

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    Redsky

    over 3 years ago

    2918 Comments

    RIP May God truly bless this officer's family in their time of mourning.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Execution of high risk warrants is serious serious business....hope his family copes

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    Robocop33

    over 3 years ago

    14618 Comments

    God Bless and keep in his arms the family and friends of this Officer. I am glad that they managed to kill both of the suspects involved. Not much of a trade though.

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    pdhoffman37

    over 3 years ago

    16 Comments

    May God truly bless this officer's family in their time of mourning. Rest in Peace, Brother.

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    lorene1701

    over 3 years ago

    156 Comments

    RIP Brother

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    HEYSARGE

    over 3 years ago

    16726 Comments

    RIP

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    rhood

    over 3 years ago

    23592 Comments

    Rest In Peace to this Brother Officer.

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    wiseass0282

    over 3 years ago

    10984 Comments

    RIP Officer you will not be forgotten.

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    36TR

    over 3 years ago

    7618 Comments

    RIP, Officer!!!

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    HapkidoKa

    over 3 years ago

    1098 Comments

    RIP brother may your memory live on..........

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    bsears

    over 3 years ago

    9566 Comments

    RIP

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