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Wounded SDPD officer gets special visitor

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – It’s been 19-days since San Diego Police Officer Jonathan De Guzman was shot and killed in Southcrest during a stop and his partner, Officer Wade Irwin, was seriously injured.
 
Irwin and De Guzman came under fire moments after pulling over to stop a man behaving suspiciously in the Southcrest area on the night of July 28.

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Five rounds struck De Guzman while he was still seated behind the wheel of his cruiser. Irwin was shot in the neck, suffering a serious but non-life threatening wound.
 
The alleged shooter, 52-year-old ex-con Jesse Michael Gomez, was critically injured by Irwin’s return fire and remains hospitalized. He has since been arraigned and has been ordered to remain in custody on $5 million bail.

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Officer Irwin, 32, is still recovering at the UCSD Medical Center. To aid him in his recovery, Irwin has been visited by the local iconic therapy dog, Chopper the Biker Dog.
 
"Chopper does bring a lot of comfort," said Chopper’s owner, Mark Shaffer.
 
This is Chopper's second visit to the hospital, providing comfort and healing to Officer Irwin.
 
"It does help. It does relax the person. It does kind of take the mind off things," said Shaffer.

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With the Irwin family's permission, Chopper's owner, Mark Shaffer, shared images of Irwin’s healing with CBS News 8.
 
"He was petting Chopper, you could see Wade was falling asleep as he was petting Chopper. It was as if they were connecting as one, the eye connection," said Shaffer.
 
The 7-year-old Boston terrier will be fighting to raise awareness about Irwin’s recovery and that Irwin’s wife has been on a leave of absence from work to be by her husband’s side. To help with mounting medical bills, Shaffer has set up a YouCaring donation website where people can make donations.
 
"We are just there to support the family and do what we can and if it’s just giving a little love or bringing awareness financially, we want to do what we can to help him,” said Shaffer.

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"Officer Irwin and his family needs help and we are doing everything we can to help his family.”
 
Shaffer says that Officer Irwin's recovery in the hospital is indefinite and he will continue to undergo surgeries with no set release date.
 
If you would like to help Officer Irwin and his family, click here.

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