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Shooting of two San Diego deputies may have started as child abuse case

September 25, 2012 |  3:11 pm

The shooting of two San Diego County Sheriff's Department deputies may have occurred as the deputies sought to arrest a Lakeside man Tuesday in connection with a case of suspected child abuse, according to authorities.

The deputies were wounded in a brief confrontation in an apartment in Lakeside, a blue-collar community in eastern San Diego County, authorities said.

Sheriff Bill Gore has gone to Sharp Memorial Hospital to be with the wounded deputies. There is no information on their condition.

A suspect in the incident may also have been shot. Officials say there are no other suspects.

A young woman who identified herself as the girlfriend of the suspect told NBC7, the NBC affiliate in San Diego, that the deputies had gone to her boyfriend's apartment after she reported to them that she had found sexually explicit pictures of him and her 8-year-old daughters.

The woman told reporter Diana Guevara that she saw her boyfriend shoot the deputies and then shoot himself. She said she was unaware of the conditions of the three.

Dozens of deputies and police from other agencies arrived at the location, including the SWAT squad. Nearby El Capitan High School was locked down but has since been reopened.


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