Police shooting in Rolando: Some residents unable to return home after shootout

Posted at 7:14 AM, Jun 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-25 15:39:59-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Several residents at a Rolando apartment complex are still unable to return to their homes following a shootout that injured two San Diego police officers and left the gunman dead over the weekend.

A San Diego police command post and crime scene tape remained at the complex in the 4800 block of Rolando Court Monday morning, and 10News learned a few residents have not been able to go back home since the shooting occurred Those residents’ units are directly above the shooter’s home, according to police.

As the “violent disturbance” call and report of smoke escalated into a shooting at about 11 p.m. Saturday, residents above the unit had nowhere to go and sought cover wherever they could find it.

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Police and firefighters carefully shuttled residents out of harm’s way as a SWAT unit surrounded the unit where the gunman had barricaded himself.

One resident who was evacuated told 10News, “[Police] came to my apartment … the look on the policeman's face said it all, like there were probably about 10 of them down the hall, you could see the fear, the terror."

The standoff ended early Sunday morning when officers entered the unit and found the gunman dead. It remains unclear if the shooter, who police said was wearing body armor, was killed by officers’ gunfire.

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While no residents were hurt in the incident, two officers who initially responded to the call were hospitalized with gunshot wounds. Both are expected to make a full recovery, according to police officials.

The San Diego Police Officers Association is accepting donations towards the recovery of the two injured officers. Visit for donation information.