Team 10: Accused cop killer's crimes span decades

Posted: 6:19 PM, Aug 01, 2016
Updated: 2016-08-01 21:19:00-04

The man accused of fatally shooting a San Diego police officer and injuring another officer has a criminal record stretching back to the 1980's, according to documents obtained by Team 10.

Court records show 52-year-old Jesse Michael Gomez was arrested in 1983 for armed robbery, taking a vehicle, DUI and evading a peace officer.

Though facing multiple charges, the documents show Gomez would eventually plead guilty to just two of them -- taking a vehicle and DUI.

Court records also show Gomez was arrested again in 1992 as a felon with a firearm.

He'd be off the map until 2002 -- this time arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of a firearm by a felon and other gun charges.

Gomez would plead guilty to only two of the charges.

In one of the court files, someone did write a character reference for Gomez, saying he was very professional while at work.

Police still haven't said what kind of "stop" led to the fatal shots being fired last Thursday night , they're also not saying much about the motive.

SDPD Officer Jonathan "J.D." DeGuzman, a 16-year veteran, died after the shooting in the Southcrest area. His partner, Officer Wade Irwin, was injured and is recovering at a local hospital.

Police said Gomez was wounded in the confrontation with the officers.