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Two San Diego deputies in surgery after shooting

September 25, 2012 |  5:23 pm

Two San Diego County Sheriff's Department deputies are in surgery after being shot during an  investigation into a child-abuse allegation, a sheriff's captain said Tuesday afternoon.

Sheriff's Capt. Duncan Fraser said the two deputies were shot by a suspect at an apartment in Lakeside. The male suspect suffered a gunshot wound and was taken to a hospital, Fraser said.

The two male deputies were taken to Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego after the 12:15 p.m. shooting. Within minutes, Sheriff Bill Gore was at the hospital.

Fraser, briefing reporters at 4 p.m., said that the two deputies remained in surgery, but that he could not release other details of their conditions.

The pair had apparently gone to the apartment after a woman reported to officials that she had found pictures of her boyfriend in sexually explicit poses with her young daughters. A woman who identified herself as the suspect's girlfriend told NBC7, the NBC affiliate in San Diego, that she saw her boyfriend shoot the deputies and then shoot himself.

Fraser would not discuss details of the shooting, which he said was being investigated by the entire homicide squad. "There will be prosecutions here," he said.

The nearby El Capitan High School was locked down briefly.


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