SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Hundreds of law enforcement vehicles were on the streets Friday as funeral processions took place prior to and following an East County memorial ceremony for a San Diego Police Department veteran killed in the line of duty.
The contingent of motorcycles, squad cars and other vehicles traveled in the late morning on Interstate 8 from Mission Valley to Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon, where a midday memorial ceremony for SDPD gang-unit Officer Jonathan "J.D." DeGuzman took place.
A second motorcade left the church shortly before 2:30 p.m., traveled to the west and south on I-8, state Route 125 and SR-54, and arrived at Glen Abbey Memorial Park in Bonita about 3:15 p.m. for an interment ceremony.
Procession was led by 200 uniformed motorcycle officers. pic.twitter.com/d1Xusjln9c— Brandon Lewis (@BrandonCBS8) August 5, 2016
In many spots along both routes, members of the public waved American flags and signs bearing praise for the slain officer and his mourning colleagues and loved ones.
DeGuzman, 43, was gunned down July 28 during a pedestrian stop in Southcrest. His gang-unit partner, Officer Wade Irwin, 32, suffered a non-fatal gunshot wound.
Another 600 vehicles followed the hearse made up of many police agencies from across the country. pic.twitter.com/zKIiS2Vnrc— Brandon Lewis (@BrandonCBS8) August 5, 2016
The alleged assailant, 52-year-old ex-con Jesse Michael Gomez, was critically injured by Irwin's return fire and remains hospitalized.
On Tuesday, Gomez was arraigned at UCSD Medical Center on charges of murder, attempted murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm. A special-circumstance allegation of murder of a police officer makes Gomez eligible for the death penalty if he is convicted.
Authorities have disclosed no motive for the deadly shooting.
Thousands of officers enter the church. Capacity is 2,300. Two overflow rooms set up capable of holding ~1,000 each pic.twitter.com/5VZAmThrzb— Brandon Lewis (@BrandonCBS8) August 5, 2016
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