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Lakeside Shootout Suspect Transferred From Hospital to Jail

Daniel Robert Witczak faces three counts of attempted murder of a peace officer.

A suspected child molester who allegedly engaged law enforcement officers in a nearly 15-minute shootout at a Lakeside apartment one week ago, seriously wounding two sheriff's deputies, was released from a hospital Tuesday and transferred to jail to await trial.

Daniel Robert Witczak, 30, was discharged from Scripps Mercy Hospital in Hillcrest in the early evening and taken to the downtown San Diego Central Jail, according to sheriff's officials.

Witczak faces three counts of attempted murder of a peace officer in connection with the protracted exchange of gunfire near El Capitan High School, to which he has plead not guilty.

About 12:15 p.m. last Tuesday, Sgt. Craig Johnson and Detective Ali Perez were shot by a high-powered rifle in front of Witczak's apartment in the 12700 block of Mapleview Street, where they had gone to question him about a report that he had sexually assaulted his live-in girlfriend's 6-year-old daughter, authorities said.

The out-of-work auto mechanic then allegedly got into gunbattle with other deputies who arrived in response to the gunfire. The assailant finally surrendered almost a quarter-hour later, after suffering several bullet wounds, officials said.

Medics took the severely wounded lawmen to Sharp Memorial Hospital, where they underwent emergency surgery. Johnson, from the Santee Station was released Friday to continue his recovery at home, while Perez remains in the trauma center.

More charges may be filed against Witczak, who was arraigned Thursday in his hospital room, after authorities finish investigating the child molestation allegations, according to District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis.

-City News Service

Also read: Santee Murder Suspect Faces Court Wednesday

Jon Notw October 04, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Let us not forget the main point - the abused children.......how about a fundraiser for them and their mother?. They seem to have become the forgotten ones in this story and the whole focus is on the injured police officers. They will survive, but what about the children?
fortitude October 05, 2012 at 05:12 PM
are you kidding me Jon Notw? I hope they fry the mother for putting our deputies in danger. You cant hide a rifle like that from some one you live with. If she was being abused/afraid of him she would have never gone to the sheriff dept to report it. she may not have known what was going on with the girls but she still put law enforcement in danger.
kk February 08, 2013 at 11:10 AM
The only gun that the mother saw was a hand gun finding out threw neighbors he had help bringing in douphle bag a few days before. The rifle and hand gun was hidden. Probably under kids mattress in box spring..as the apt was not big! However she did warn the officers that there may be guns due to fact she found one gun before! As she did have Dan remove the gun out of apt.

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