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Child's body found near El Cajon home where officer was shot

August 22, 2011 | 12:54 pm

The body of a child was found in a truck parked in front of the El Cajon home where a gunman shot a police officer, police said Monday.

The child is believed to be the 14-month-old daughter of suspected shooter Kevin Collier. The child had been shot in the head.

The San Diego County Medical Examiner is attempting to determine whether an adult body found inside the home is that of Collier, 32.

The body, burned beyond immediate recognition, was found Sunday night when SWAT officers stormed the home.

Officer Jared Slocum, 28, a four-year veteran of the El Cajon Police Department, was in stable condition after undergoing surgery.

News video showed him bleeding profusely from the neck and continuing to fire at the gunman before collapsing.

Slocum had been shot after he and his partner answered a call Sunday afternoon to the Prince Street location from a neighbor who saw a man brandishing a gun. His partner pulled Slocum to safety.

Police believe Collier set fire to the house. Lt. Mark Coit said police are convinced Collier did not escape the tight cordon around the house set up by officers responding to an "officer down" call.

In the hours before the shooting, Collier reportedly sent tweets saying he had killed his daughter and his 51-year-old mother-in-law.

El Cajon police obtained a search warrant Monday and were combing the house for a second body.

Collier and his wife were reportedly in the midst of a divorce. The home was gutted by flames.


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Photo: Fire engulfs the house on Prince Street in El Cajon. Credit: Heartland Fire & Rescue