By Miriam Raftery
October 28, 2010 (San Diego) – Christopher Wilson, a veteran police officer was shot last night and died early this morning, San Diego Police report. “Officers were assisting U.S. marshals and probation units in doing a compliance check, when there was an exchange of gunshots,” Lt. Andra Brown told East County Magazine. “The officer was fatally wounded and a police canine was injured as well.” The shooting occurred at the Canyon View Apartments at 479 S. Meadowbrook Drive in the Skyline area of southeast San Diego, near Paradise Valley Road.
Officer Wilson was rushed to a hospital, but later died. He was a 17-veteran with the police force who lived in San Diego, Brown said. The dog, Monty, underwent surgery and is expected to recover, she added.
According to ECM news partner 10 News, the shooting occurred after officers knocked on the door. Someone inside opened it, then slammed it shut in the officers’ faces, SDPD Acting Assistant Chief Jim Collins told reporters. Law enforcement then kicked in the door and took one man into custody. Shots were fired from inside.
Following the shooting, police personnel were extracted from the apartment and a SWAT team was called in. “They called for people to come out,” said Brown. A flash bang and chemical agents were reportedly used in an effort to clear the apartment. Two people did emerge but a standoff continued for eight-hour standoff and an evacuation of 50 people in the complex ensued.
“At 6:45 a.m. they gained entry into the apartment and found a deceased man and woman,” Lt. Brown said. “We believe at least one of the people we found deceased was responsible for the shootings,” she added.
Two men have been arrested, including a parolee, and a woman is being held as a witness, 10News reported.