Published September 25, 2012
LAKESIDE, Calif. – Two sheriff's deputies were shot Tuesday in suburban San Diego while investigating a case of possible child abuse, and the child-abuse suspect was also shot, authorities said.
The shootings occurred shortly after noon when the deputies arrived at an apartment in Lakeside, a semi-rural community east of San Diego, said San Diego County sheriff's Capt. Duncan Fraser. He declined to elaborate on the circumstances, including who fired the shots.
The sheriff's department said in a statement that it had "many witnesses to talk to and evidence to gather."
Fraser didn't know whether any of the injuries were life-threatening or what condition the victims were in. The deputies underwent surgery at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego, according to the sheriff's department, which did not disclose where the suspect was being treated.
"We're hoping for the best, obviously," Fraser said.
According to U-T San Diego, a woman said deputies went to the apartment she shares with her boyfriend after she found pornographic pictures of him with her two young daughters on his cellphone. She reported the photos to sheriff's investigators, who listened in on a call in which she confronted her boyfriend and he told her he was offered $50,000 to post the images on the Internet.
The woman, who was not identified by the newspaper to protect her children's identities, said she heard deputies arrive at the apartment while she was on the phone. She heard gunshots and someone say, "Officers down."
The woman told the newspaper that the boyfriend said he shot himself and she heard him surrender.
Jeffrey Miller, 20, heard gunshots and came out of his apartment and saw deputies pulling another deputy on to the grass.
"It was kind of confusing, everything was happening," he said.
The shootings occurred near El Capital High School, which was briefly put on lockdown. Residents were evacuated from the apartment complex where the shootings occurred, and surrounding streets were closed.
Fraser said the last time two San Diego sheriff's deputies were involved in a single shooting was in the 1980s.