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Two officers shot in standoff near SDSU on Saturday

Two officers are recovering after being shot at an apartment complex near SDSU.
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Two San Diego police officers are recovering from gunshot wounds after responding to an apartment complex near SDSU on Saturday night. 

It happened at about 10:15 pm, the two officers responded to a "violent disturbance" call at an apartment building located on the 4800 block of Rolando Court.

Once at the location, the officers smelled smoke and called firefighters. Both men knocked on the door to the residence but no one answered so they entered and that's when a suspect began shooting said Chief David Nisleit with San Diego Police Department. The officers were struck by bullets while returning shots. 

A SWAT team arrived on the scene to help with removing the barricaded man which led to a standoff lasting about two hours. The complex was evacuated and most were allowed to return home. Others weren't allowed to return until Sunday afternoon. 

The injured officers were taken to local hospitals where they are still recovering. One of the wounded is a three-year veteran with the department, the other listed in stable condition has worked in the force for 18 years. Both are expected to make a full recovery. 

The suspect is said to have been wearing body armor and was pronounced dead at the scene. His exact cause of death is still being investigated. 

This isn't the first time police have been to the location, they say they have been there numerous times over the past several years. 

An investigation is currently underway.