Man charged in San Diego-area police shootout

September 27, 2012 - 8:35 PM

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A suspect in a child abuse case has been charged with attempted murder in a gun battle that seriously wounded two sheriff's deputies in Southern California.

U-T San Diego (bit.ly/PJfNxJ) reports that Daniel Witczak pleaded not guilty Thursday from his bed at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego. The 30-year-old was wounded in Monday's shootout with police at his apartment in suburban Lakeside.

He was charged with three counts of attempted murder of a peace officer after three shots were fired at the deputies and a California Highway Patrol officer, who was not injured. Sheriff Bill Gore has said he is optimistic the deputies will fully recover.

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Information from: U-T San Diego, http://www.utsandiego.com