Suspect to be arraigned in shooting of two San Diego deputies
A 30-year-old Lakeside man pleaded not guilty to three counts of attempted murder Thursday afternoon in his hospital bed on charges stemming from the wounding of two San Diego County sheriff's deputies. He was ordered held without bail.
Daniel Witczak was wounded in the 15-minute gun battle Tuesday after deputies went to his apartment to question him as a suspect in a child-abuse case. His girlfriend had told authorities that she found pictures of him in sexually explicit poses with her young daughters.
Witczak remains in Scripps Mercy Hospital after undergoing surgery. Sgt. Craig Johnson and Det. Ali Perez remain in intensive care at Sharp Memorial Hospital.
When deputies came to interview him at his apartment Tuesday, Witczak opened fire with a high-powered rifle, according to investigators.
-- Tony Perry in San Diego
Photo: The scene in Lakeside on Tuesday after two San Diego County sheriff's deputies were shot. Credit: Gregory Bull / Associated Press