Chopper the Biker Dog pays visit to SDPD officer shot in Rolando

Posted at 8:20 PM, Jun 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-30 02:17:25-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- One week after two San Diego Police officers were shot in San Diego's Rolando neighborhood, a seriously injured officer has his smile back. Officers Francisco Roman and Dan Bihum were struck with gunfire Saturday night while answering a violent disturbance call on Rolando Court. 

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Police say the two officers arrived at an apartment in the 4800 block of Rolando Court just after 10 p.m. Saturday. After no response, the officers and firefighters entered the apartment after they smelled something burning.

As they made their way inside, police say the suspect, Joe Darwish shot at the officers and firefighters, striking Roman and Bihum.


Officer Bihum, an 18-year veteran of the force was released from the hospital two days later, but Officer Roman was taken to the hospital in serious condition and the three-year veteran of the force is still recovering at the hospital. 

That's where San Diego's favorite Boston Terrier, Chopper the Biker Dog, paid him a visit. 

In an update shared on Facebook, Chopper wrote that he was happy to put a smile on Officer Roman's face and went on to say "Please keep this Officer, his wife and little baby boy in your prayers as he recovers, praying for a full recovery."

A GoFundMe was created to help Officer Roman's family pay for medical expenses related to the shooting.