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SDPOA Warns of Fundraising Scams in Wake of Police Shooting


The official association behind the San Diego Police Department is warning the community of fundraising scams posted online in the wake of a shooting that injured two officers.

The San Diego Police Officers Association (SDPOA) said they have seen donation scams cropping up online and wanted to remind those wishing to donate that they are the only official fundraising group to support San Diego officers.

Two officers were hurt Saturday when a suspected gunman Joe Darwish, 28, opened fire as officers opened the door to an apartment at Tuscany Place in the College Area because they thought they smelled smoke.

SWAT officers then responded to the scene to find Darwish dead. Investigators were working to determine if he was killed by police gunfire or by a self-inflicted gunshot.

SDPD identified the two wounded officers Monday as Francisco Roman, a 3-year veteran, and Dan Bihum, who has been with the department for 18 years.

Roman remains in the hospital in “serious but stable condition” and Bihum was released from the hospital Monday, SDPD said.

San Diego police Chief David Nisleit said Sunday both officers were expected to make full recoveries.

Those wishing to donate to the hurt officers can do so through the SDPOA’s website here.

The organization’s goal is to aid members of the force and their families in distressing times as well as maintaining a community among members. 

SDPD Lt. Anthony Dupree also confirmed a legitimate GoFundMe page has been created to help Officer Roamn with medical costs. To donate through the GoFundMe, click here

Photo Credit: NBC 7
Source: NBC San Diego

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