BONITA, Calif. (AP) — More than 1,000 people Thursday mourned the death of a decorated San Diego police officer who was shot five times at close range in the driver's seat of his patrol car after his partner approached a man on the street.
Uniformed police officers from as far as Chicago, New York, Aurora, Colorado, and Fort Worth, Texas, packed Corpus Christi Catholic Church, where Jonathan De Guzman, 43, worshipped with his family. His coffin was draped in an American flag at the 90-minute Mass.
A larger service was scheduled Friday at Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon.
San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman, who worked directly with De Guzman earlier in her career, delivered the eulogy at Thursday's standing-room only service, which was closed to news media.
De Guzman's family, which includes a wife and two children, appeared "very touched and moved," said the Rev. Efrain Bautista, the church pastor.
"They are a very spiritual Catholic family, so they were able to be engaged in the entire rituals that we as Catholics have," Bautista told reporters.
"It's a tough situation but I think that our hope and our trust must be in God," he said.
De Guzman died in the shooting July 28. Officer Wade Irwin, 32, was shot in the throat but was expected to recover.
Jesse Gomez, a construction worker with a criminal record stretching back to 1983, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of murder and attempted murder from his hospital room. He is recovering from wounds he received in a gunbattle with police.
Prosecutors say the two officers pulled up to Gomez, who was on foot, and Irwin got out of the patrol car to ask if he lived in the area. Gomez, 52, is accused of shooting Irwin and then went to an open passenger door to fire several times into the car, killing De Guzman. After being shot, Irwin fired back as Gomez fled, prosecutors say.
Police have yet to determine a motive.
De Guzman died 13 years after surviving a stabbing on duty, for which he received the department's purple heart. The 16-year veteran of the force had been stabbed in the right arm in 2003 after pulling over a driver for speeding. He shot the attacker in the hip after the man tried to stab him again.
In 2013, De Guzman was one of five officers who shot and killed a man who was wanted for a violent attack on his father and raised a shotgun at officers in suburban Escondido. Prosecutors found the shooting was justified.
This story has been corrected to show that Jonathan De Guzman's name was misspelled DeGuzman per earlier information from authorities.