The El Cajon police officer hospitalized with a gunshot wound to the head is getting support from his former high school water polo coach and teammates.
Officer Jarred Slocum is still recovering in the hospital from Sunday's shooting rampage.
Investigators say Kevin Collier shot and killed his mother-in-law Beverli Rakov and his 14-month-old daughter Rhilee before setting fire to the family’s home on Prince Street Sunday.
When Slocum and his partner Officer Tim McFarland responded to a call about a domestic disturbance, Collier opened fire on the officers, hitting Slocum in the temple officials said.
Rob Knight, coach of the Righetti High School boys’ water polo team in Santa Maria, said the alumni are a tight group and word of Slocum’s injury traveled quickly.
A former player notified Knight Monday via email and sent him an Internet link showing video of Slocum’s dash to safety.
Knight said Slocum worked hard to be part of the team while a student about 10 years ago. He was a hustler, a smaller guy but well-liked because of his effort Knight said.
“I can tell by the reaction of what’s happened to him,” Knight said. “How people feel about him.”
The club made a contribution to help Slocum’s wife and children with expenses. A care package is on the way as well with a card and some shirts and other things.
Investigators still haven’t identified the remains of the two bodies found inside the home on Prince Street although investigators believe they are those of Beverli Rakov and Kevin Collier.