Mixer: LAPD Shooting and San Diego Wildfires

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Joel Rubin joined us from the Los Angeles Times, and Megan Burks from public radio KPBS in San Diego.

Two LAPD officers — Detective Humberto Tovar and Officer Bernard Romero — last year said a man approached their police car and shot through the back window, then escaped.

But an ensuing investigation found no bullet casings or other evidence to support that the alleged gunman fired a weapon. And a gunman was never found either.

Now, a report by LAPD Inspector General Alex Bustamante has concluded the attack may have never occurred, even though police officials are standing by the original account.

Over in San Diego County, Megan Burks has been on wildfire duty the last few days. The 400-acre Poinsettia Fire is now completely contained, after apparently killing a homeless person in Carlsbad, while gutting four houses and an 18-unit apartment building.

Several other fires continue to burn.

Fires have destroyed at least eight houses, an 18-unit condominium complex and two businesses since Tuesday. The hardest-hit areas were in San Marcos and Carlsbad.

The county’s been hard hit in recent years, with bad wildfires in 2003 and again, in 2007.