A fundraiser is being held Friday night for the El Cajon police officer shot during a gun battle last year.
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The El Cajon Police Officer's Association and the El Cajon Elks Lodge 1812 are co-hosting the fundraiser -- nearly one year to the day Officer Jared Slocum almost lost his life.
The event will be held at the El Cajon Elks Lodge 1812 on 1400 East Washington Ave. in El Cajon. Food and drinks will be available and all money raised will benefit Slocum and his family.
Slocum, a married father of two young children, was shot in the head by Kevin Collier during a series of violent events on Aug. 21 that left three people dead, the officer wounded and a house burned to the ground. El Cajon police said Collier was apparently distraught over his pending divorce when he shot the couple's 14-month-old daughter, Rhilee, and his wife's mother, Beverli Rakov.
Both the toddler and her grandmother died from gunshot wounds to the head, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office.
Collier and his wife were married for a year-and-a-half. She filed for divorce four days prior to the killings and was seeking full custody of Rhilee. Collier, who was 32 at the time, texted friends that he had killed his daughter and mother-in-law, police said.
Authorities went to Rakov's house in the 1000 block of Prince Street and found the home was on fire. Collier fired on officers several times, striking Slocum, 28, in his left temple, police said.
Slocum's rookie partner, Officer Tim McFarland, pulled Slocum out of the line of fire with help from a Good Samaritan, later identified as Dave Lembcke. At the time, Slocum was a four-year veteran of the ECPD.
The house became fully engulfed by flames during the incident. Once the fire was out, the bodies of Collier and his mother-in-law were found amid the debris. The countys medical examiners office ruled Collier shot himself in the head.
Rhilee's body was found in a nearby pickup.
In May, during the El Cajon Police Department's 23rd Annual Police Officer Awards Ceremony, Slocum received the department's Medal of Valor and Purple Heart. He was also named El Cajon's "Officer of the Year."
Slocum and his family are moving to Northern California, and he said he plans to attend college.
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