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San Diego County Sheriff’s Deputies Assaulted in Two Separate North County Incidents-Updated

Updated 12/22/2018: The suspect in the Fallbrook assault has been identified as Jesus Cirilo Rodriguez, a thirty-year-old Fallbrook man. Rodriguez was arrested for two counts of PC 245(C)-Assault of a Peace Officer with a Deadly Weapon. He was booked in absentia and his bail was set at $100,000. He is currently being treated at an area hospital under guard and will be arraigned next week.

The suspect in the Pauma Valley assault has been identified as Jose Nieto, a twenty-eight-year-old Pauma Valley man.Nieto was arrested for three counts of PC 664-187(A) Attempted Murder of a Peace Officer and three counts of PC 245 (D)(1) Assault of a Peace Officer with a Firearm. He too was booked in absentia but is being held without bail, under guard, at a local hospital and will be arraigned this week.

San Diego County CA— San Diego County Sheriff’s Deputies came under attack in two separate incidents in as many days in San Diego’s north county.

Early this morning, December 21, 2018, at approximately 4:30, Fallbrook deputies were conducting surveillance in an unmarked vehicle of the area of Reche Road and Ranger Road after three unprovoked assaults at that location.

The first event occurred on Wednesday evening, followed by two more Thursday night. In each case, a lone male suspect armed with a bat attacked victims in parked cars. Each attack was unprovoked and resulted in vehicle damage and/or injury before the victims fled to escape their attacker.

In response to this disturbing crime trend, Fallbrook deputies conducted surveillance and while monitoring the area, a deputy parked in an unmarked vehicle was also violently attacked by a lone male suspect armed with a bat.

The suspect smashed the window of the vehicle, injuring the deputy inside when he was showered with broken glass. The deputy defended himself and shot the suspect. The suspect was taken into custody for assault with a deadly weapon and treated at the scene for his injuries.

He was transported by ambulance to a local hospital and underwent surgery to treat multiple gunshot wounds to his torso. He is expected to survive. The deputy sustained a laceration to his forehead.

On Thursday afternoon, December 20, 2018, Deputies responded to a 9-1-1 call from a man who said he needed help and didn’t feel safe in his home located in the 15000 block of Adams Drive in Pauma Valley.

As the deputies approached the front door, they were met by gunfire from within the home. All three deputies returned fire, established a perimeter around the home and called for additional resources, including the Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Detail (SED).

After attempts to establish communication with the male were unsuccessful, SED Deputies entered the home and found a male inside with an apparent gunshot wound to his lower body.

The male was taken into custody for the attempted murder of a peace officer and transported by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment. He is expected to survive. The deputies were not injured in the exchange of gunfire.