About the Honoree
At approximately 11:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 28, 2016, Officer Jonathan “JD” De Guzman and Officer Wade Irwin, members of San Diego Police Department’s Gang Suppression Unit, radioed they were conducting a stop in the 3700 block of Acadia Grove Way near Boston Avenue in San Diego’s Southcrest neighborhood. Almost immediately, they called for emergency cover. Responding officers found both Officer De Guzman and Officer Irwin with gunshot wounds to their upper bodies. Officer Irwin, a 9-year veteran, underwent surgery and survived. Tragically, Officer De Guzman did not.
A massive manhunt for the suspects was launched through Boston Avenue and surrounding areas. One suspect, wounded while being taken into custody in a ravine area off South 38th Street, was hospitalized in critical condition. The second suspect was arrested July 29 after an hours-long standoff with the SWAT team.
Officer De Guzman, age 43, is survived by his wife and two young children. A 16-year department veteran, Officer De Guzman was awarded SDPD’s purple heart in 2003 after being stabbed by a suspect he stopped for speeding.
How You Can Help
The San Diego POA has established a fund for the DeGuzman family. Checks can be made payable to the San Diego Police Officers Association and mailed to:
San Diego Police Officers Association
8388 Vickers Street
San Diego, CA 92111
Donations can also be made online using the link below. Please indicate "Officer Jonathan DeGuzman" in the notes of your online donation. All donations will go directly to the family.