Porn Discovered After Gun Battle: Warrant

Documents reveal what investigators found after a shooting between sheriff's deputies and an alleged child molester

By Tony Shin
|  Tuesday, Dec 4, 2012  |  Updated 7:42 AM PDT
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A police official walks past the Maplewood Apartments after a shooting in Lakeside, Calif. Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. The San Diego County sheriff's Capt. Duncan Fraser said two deputies and a suspect have been shot while the deputies were trying to contact a child abuse suspect at the suburban apartment complex. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

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Warrants Shed New Light on Lakeside Shooting

Court documents provide new information about a recent gun battle that injured two deputies and the suspect in Lakeside including how the gun battle may have been caught on video. NBC 7's Tony Shin reports.
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Investigators found pornography following a dramatic shooting between an alleged child abuser and two San Diego County sheriff's deputies in September, according to search warrants obtained by NBC 7 San Diego.

Deputies Detective Ali Perez and Sgt. Craig Johnson knocked on the door on Sept. 25 at a Lakeside apartment on Mapleview Street to confront Witczak about photos of child pornography allegedly discovered on the suspect's cell phone.

They were then  critically injured when suspected child molester Daniel Witczak allegedly shot them with a high powered rifle. Documents reveal it was an M-1 Garand rifle.

Deputies then shot Witczak, severely injuring him. According to the search warrants, Witczak had confessed to having pornographic pictures and videos of his girlfriend’s two young daughters during phone conversations with Perez.

Warrants reveal that investigators collected a long list of evidence, including three guns: an M1 Grand, a 22 caliber rifle and a 40 caliber handgun. They also found bullets, blood stains and pornography.

The warrants do not specify if the videos are adult or underage.

The investigators also took the surveillance DVR from the Maplewood Apartment complex because they noticed that at least one building had surveillance camera.

Perez and Johnson have been recovering since the incident. Witczak has since appeared in a hospital-bed arraignment.

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