SAN DIEGO (AP) — A person who shot and killed a San Diego police officer and wounded one other in 2016 was convicted Monday of first-degree homicide and tried homicide.
Jesse Michael Gomez, 60, now phases a penalty part of trial to find out whether or not he might face life in jail with out probability of parole or the loss of life penalty, though Gov. Gavin Newsom has positioned a moratorium on executions.
In July 2016, Gomez shot and killed Officer Jonathan De Guzman, 43, and wounded his fellow gang-unit officer, Wade Irwin, within the throat. Irwin spent almost a month within the hospital.
Prosecutors mentioned the 2 had been patrolling the Shelltown neighborhood, noticed two males appearing suspiciously.
Irwin testified that he thought one of the lads was somebody that he had arrested beforehand and he mentioned Gomez opened fireplace on him virtually instantly when he stopped to query him, then killed De Guzman as he sat within the driver’s seat of the patrol automobile.
Gomez testified that he did not notice the automobile slowly following him was a police automobile and he thought he was dealing with gang members who “had been going to shoot and kill me” when Irwin requested if he lived within the space.
Prosecutors argued that Gomez shot the officers as a result of he was a convicted felon illegally carrying a gun and he did not need be despatched to jail.
Gomez was shot and wounded by Irwin as he ran after the killing and was captured in a ravine.
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