Police Officer Christopher A. Wilson San Diego Police Department California End of Watch: Wednesday, October 27, 2010

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Police Officer Christopher A. Wilson
San Diego Police Department

End of Watch: Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Biographical Info
Age: Not available
Tour of Duty: 17 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Shot and killed

Officer Chris Wilson was shot and killed assisting officers from the San Diego County Probation Department and United States Marshals Service conduct a compliance check at an apartment in San Diego.
The probation officers and deputy marshals had initially gone to the location and knocked on the apartment door. A man opened it and suddenly slammed it shut when he saw the officers, who then kicked the door in and arrested the subject. The officers then called the San Diego Police Department for assistance after observing another occupant run into a back bedroom.
Officer Wilson and other officers, including a K9, responded to the scene and began searching the apartment when someone opened fire from behind a closed bedroom door. Officer Wilson was struck and fatally wounded and the K9 was also wounded. Despite being under fire, two other officers were able to pull him from the apartment. He was transported to Scripps Memorial Hospital where he passed away a short time later.
A man and woman in the bedroom were found dead the following morning at the end of the ensuing standoff.
Officer Wilson had served with the San Diego Police Department for 17 years and was assigned to the Southeastern Division.

Agency Contact Information
San Diego Police Department
1401 Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 531-2000
Please contact the San Diego Police Department for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.

The San Diego police officer killed in an apartment shootout was identified Thursday as Christopher Wilson, a 17-year veteran.

Wilson was killed Wednesday night in the Skyline neighborhood, where five suspects were holed up in an apartment. Two of the suspects were killed and three were arrested.

A U.S. marshal and county probation officers accompanied by San Diego police officers went to the apartment building Wednesday night to serve a warrant for probation violation.

Police had recognized a person inside the apartment as a suspect in a case of assault with a deadly weapon, according to Acting Assistant Police Chief Jim Collins of the San Diego Police Department.

As authorities entered the apartment, the five suspects barricaded themselves in a back bedroom and exchanged gunfire with the officers, wounding Wilson.

The officers scrambled out of the apartment, and Wilson was taken to Scripps Mercy Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

A SWAT team was assembled, and hours later, using tear gas and a flash-bang grenade, officers stormed the apartment, exchanging gunfire with the people inside, officials said.

Once inside, police found a man and woman in a back bedroom, both dead and carrying handguns.

It was unclear how they were killed. Three others were arrested.

A Belgian Malinois police dog was treated at a veterinary hospital and expected to return to duty soon.


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