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Body-cam video: San Diego shoot-out after firefighters force door alongside police

Video released from 2018 incident where two officers were wounded

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R. Stickney, KNSD-TV:

A gun battle caught on an officer’s body-worn camera was released Monday by the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office along with their conclusion that officers were justified in using deadly force in the College Area shooting that took place last year.

Joseph Darwish, 28, was shot on June 23, 2018, by San Diego police officers responding to a call about a man yelling and creating a disturbance.

There was a smell of smoke coming from inside Darwish’s unit at Tuscany Place on the 4800 block on Rolando Court that Saturday night.

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Allison Horn, KGTV-TV:

Officers knocked on the front door for more than 20 minutes but received no response, officials said. Firefighters forced entry into the home but were met with gunfire.

Darwish shot one officer in the back with a large caliber weapon, according to the DA’s office. Two officers returned fire as they provided cover for the wounded officer, who couldn’t move for several seconds. The wounded officer eventually managed to roll onto his stomach and crawl away from the line of fire.

Darwish also shot a second officer during the exchange of gunfire.

The DA’s office said the shooting eventually stopped and officers found Darwish dead from a self-inflicted gunshot. Darwish had also been hit in the face and arm from one of the officers’ shotguns.

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