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San Diego police responded to dozens of calls to police shooter's home in the past

Joe Darwish shot and injured two officers in June
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Posted at 7:43 AM, May 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-30 12:02:38-04

(SAN DIEGO) KGTV -- New records released show police responded to the home of the man that injured two police officers dozens of times in the past.

On June 23rd, police responded to a disturbance call at the Rolando Court condo. When they smelled smoke, they called firefighters to the scene. Officers knocked on the front door for more than 20 minutes but received no response, officials said. Firefighters forced entry into the home. That’s when firefighters and officers were met with gunfire. Two officers were shot.

The man inside the condo, Joe Darwish, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Following the June 23rd shooting, Team 10 requested details regarding the number of times police responded to Darwish's address, but they were not released until after the investigation was over. The officers were cleared of any wrongdoing.

Documents show that since 2013, there were 31 calls for service to Darwish's address before the night of the shooting. More than half were 5150 calls, where officers checked on the individual’s mental wellbeing. Nine calls were for disturbances, some with violence.

In February 2016, there was one call listed as “CCCC,” which police say describes a chronic caller to the department.

The records also revealed police were at the home eight days before the shooting for another disturbance call with potential violence.

Darwish did have a criminal history and was not supposed to own any weapons.