A San Diego jury on Thursday actually useful the death penalty for a defendant convicted of killing a metropolis police officer in 2016 and wounding his companion.

Jesse Michael Gomez, 60, was found accountable of first-degree murder earlier this month for fatally taking footage Officer Jonathan “J.D.” De Guzman, 43, and tried murder for taking footage Officer Wade Irwin throughout the throat whereas every males have been on obligation, FOX 5 of San Diego reported. 

Authorities acknowledged Gomez opened hearth on the officers on the night of July 28, 2016, throughout the Shelltown neighborhood after Irwin approached him whereas he was strolling to his automotive to ask if he lived throughout the house. 

De Guzman was a 16-year veteran of the division with a partner and a son and daughter. 

His widow, Jane De Guzman, acknowledged after the choice she has tried to stay “strong because I have two kids I have to protect,” in accordance with FOX 5. 


Gomez testified all through the trial he thought the officers have been gang members, claiming he was blinded by their headlights. 

San Diego police Officer Jonathan "J.D." De Guzman, 43, was fatally shot July 28, 2016.

San Diego police Officer Jonathan “J.D.” De Guzman, 43, was fatally shot July 28, 2016.
(San Diego Police Department)

In a press launch after the sentencing, San Diego police Chief David Nisleit thanked the jury and the prosecutors. 

“In the years since his death, JD’s loved ones, Detective Irwin, and the entire SDPD family have looked forward to the day where the defendant would be held accountable for his heinous crimes,” Nisleit acknowledged, in accordance with KFMB-TV in San Diego. “The department honors the officers who worked valiantly to save the lives of Officers De Guzman and Irwin on July 28, 2016, and take the suspect into custody. Many of those officers courageously re-lived their horrifying experiences while delivering compelling testimony to the jury.”

He added that De Guzman’s family continues to dwell alongside together with his “unthinkable loss.” 

District Attorney Summer Stephan known as the jury’s suggestion “just.”  

“The cold-hearted murder of San Diego Police Officer Jonathan ‘J.D.’ De Guzman, who faithfully served his community, and the attempted murder of his partner Officer Wade Irwin, deserved the highest penalty provided by law,” she acknowledged, in accordance with KFMB

The jury might have actually useful life in jail with out parole. A select will make the last word alternative on sentencing, in accordance with FOX 5