San Diego Police Shooting: Was the attack deliberate?

Police Officers shot in San Diego: 1 dead, 1 wounded

San Diego Police suspect the death of one of their officers may have been a deliberate attack on police.

A 16 year veteran of the San Diego police force Jonathan DeGuzman, was shot and killed after DeGuzman and his partner Wade Irwin stopped someone in the Southeastern section of San Diego.

Irwin, who was also shot, underwent surgery and is expected to make a full recovery.

While investigating, police found a trail of blood that led them to Jesse Gomez, who had been shot in the chest. Gomez is a suspect in the shootings.

Police were also looking for another suspect and locked down entire neighbourhoods as they searched house to house.

After searching two homes and sending in SWAT, police came to a third home and located the suspect – Marcus Antonio Cassani. Cassani has a criminal record, including weapons and burglary offences.

San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman reported the death of DeGuzman to his family in person.

“I can tell you he is a loving, caring husband, father. Talked about his family all the time,” said Zimmerman. “I know him, and this is gut-wrenching. He cared. He came to work every single day wanting to just make a positive difference in the lives of our community and that’s why he lost his life.”

After the Dallas and Baton Rouge Police Shootings, violence continues:

The death of DeGuzman is the latest in a surge of police shootings in the United States. From the deaths of 5 police officers in the Dallas shootings, to the killing of 3 police officers in Baton Rouge, and the murder of an Officer in Kansas City, the police in America are understandably on edge.

Are police shootings up?

The rise of high profile police shootings has given rise to the impression that police shootings are increasing. However, the overall trend is moving downward as this chart from BBC News shows:

American police officers killed as a result of crime: 1970 to 2015

Blue – Police officers killed as a result of crime | Red – Previous 10 year average
Are police shootings up? Police Shootings in America are trending down.
Source: FBI-LEOKA/Criminal Justice statistics/Seth Stoughton (BBC)

Mid-year shooting deaths of police officers are up 78% this year, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, but the overall numbers still show a declining trend of police officers killed in shootings.

Beyond the trends, there is a clear rise in the feeling that events are spinning out of control in the United States. The tensions between police and the black lives matter movement, combined with the rise in citizen journalism and subsequent videos of shootings have brought more attention to violence against both police and citizens than ever before.

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