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SD Mourns Police Officer Killed In The Line Of Duty

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SAN DIEGO POLICE MOURNING THE FIRST SHOOTING DEATH OF AN OFFICER IN NEARLY 20 YEARS. WE'RE ALSO LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE ALLEGED GUNMAN KILLED IN THE CONFRONTATION. IT HAPPENED AT AN APARTMENT COMPLEX SOUTHEAST OF DOWNTOWN. DWAYNE BROWN JOINS ME FROM THE KPBS NEWS CENTER. WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE MAN FEDERAL AUTHORITIES ARE LOOKING FOR? Reporter: FAMILY MEMBERS SAY HIS NAME IS HO LEM LEE. THEY SAY THE 30-YEAR-OLD WAS A FORMER COAST GUARD MEMBER WHO'S CAREER DERAILED AFTER DRUG ABUSE AND CRIME. HE WAS FOUND DEAD ALONGSIDE A WOMAN IN THE APARTMENT. POLICE ARE MOURNING THE DEATH OF CHRISTOPHER WILSON. HE DIED HOURS AFTER THE CONFRONTATION. POLICE CHIEF SAYS HIS FAMILY WAS ABLE TO SPEND PRECIOUS MOMENTS WITH HIM AT THE HOSPITAL BEFORE HE PASSEDAWAY. TOYOTA IS ACCUSED OF BUYING BACK CARS. NEW COURT PAPERS ALSO SAY THE AUTOMAKER HAD BUYERS SIGN CONTROVERSIAL AGREEMENTS TO REMAIN SILENT ABOUT THE PROBLEM. TOYOTA FACES HUNDREDS OF LAWSUITS. IT SETTLED A SEPARATE SUIT FOR AN UNDISCLOSED AMOUNT FOR FAMILY MEMBERS IN SAN DIEGO. MARK SAILOR AND HIS FAMILY DIED IN A RUN AWAY LEXUS. THE RACE FOR CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR AND U.S. SENATE ARE WIDENING. THE LATEST FIELD POLL SHOWS JERRY BROWN AND BARBARA BOXER WITH TEN AND EIGHT POINT LEADS OVER THEIR REPUBLICAN RIVALS. FIND THE TOP STORIES AND ELECTION COVERAGE AT OUR WEBSITE KPBS.ORG. AS WE REPORTED A SAN DIEGO POLICE OFFICER DIED IN A SHOOTOUT AT AN APARTMENT IN AN EIGHT HOUR SIEGE ENDED THURSDAY WITH THE DEATH OF HUSBAND SUSPECTED KILLER AND ANOTHER PERSON ACCORDING TO POLICE. MAYOR JERRY SANDERS SPOKE ABOUT THE TRAGEDY. IN SAN DIEGO WE HAVE THE FINEST COLLECTION OF POLICE OFFICERS IN AMERICA. THEY PROVE THIS FACT OVER AND OVER EVERY SINGLE DAY. I COULDN'T BE PROUDER OF ALL OF THEM. I JOIN WITH THEM TODAY IN MOURNING THE LOSS OF SUCH AN INCREDIBLY BRAVE MAN. HE COULD HAVE GONE ANYWHERE. TO MY OTHER POLICE DIVISION IN THE CITY. BUT HE CHOSE TO STAY IN MY COMMUNITY AND TRAIN NEW OFFICERS ON HOW TO SERVE OUR COMMUNITY WITH DIGNITY AND RESPECT. KPBS METRO REPORTER KATIE WARD JOINS ME NOW WITH MORE ON THIS STORY. WHY WAS OFFICER CHRISTOPHER WILSON CALLED TO SAN DIEGO? Reporter: HE IS ONE OF SIX POLICE OFFICERS THAT RESPONDED TO CALL BY BACKUP OF THE COUNTY PROBATION DEPARTMENT AND U.S. FEDERAL MARSHALS. THE MARSHALS WERE THERE WITH PROBATION OFFICERS. THEY BELIEVE A SUSPECT THEY WANTED ON ASSAULT CHARGES WAS IN AN APARTMENT WHERE A PROBATIONER ALSO WAS. THE COUNTY PROBATION ALWAYS WENT TO THE APARTMENT, THEY ENDED UP ARRESTING THE PROBATIONER, BUT THEY THEN CALLED FOR BACKUP FOR THE POLICE DEPARTMENT TO ROUND UP THE PEOPLE THAT THEY BELIEVE WERE IN THE APARTMENT. THEY BROKE DOWN A DOOR, AS THEY WENT TO BREAK DOWN THE DOOR THE SUSPECT STARTED FIRING AND THE GUN BATTLE INSUED IN THIS REALTIVELY SMALL AREA. OFFICER WILSON WAS SHOT AND LATER DIED AT TRIP MERCY HOSPITAL. IT SOUNDS AS THOUGH THERE WERE SEVERAL PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THIS INCIDENT? YES, THEY BELIEVE THERE WERE FIVE PEOPLE IN THE APARTMENT. AGAIN, THE PROBATIONER WAS ARRESTED PRETTY EARLY ON. IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STANDOFF TWO PEOPLE CALLED 911 AND SAID THEY WANTED TO COME OUT OF THE APARTMENT AND THEY DID. THEY SURROUNDERRED AND ARRESTED. LATER ON THEY FOUND THE BODIES OF TWO PEOPLE IN A BEDROOM IN THE APARTMENT. ONE OF THEM HAD BEEN IDENTIFIED AS HOLEM LEE. THE POLICE HAVE NOT COME OUT AND IDENTIFIED THEM BUT HIS PARENTS STEP FORWARD AND WROTE A LETTER AND SAID THEY WERE SORRY. HOLEM LEE WAS A COAST GUARD MEMBER. HE WAS NAMED A HERO FOR RESCUING A COUPLE FROM A BURNING BUILDING AND HE WAS WANTED ON ASSAULT CHARGES. THEY BELIEVE HE DIED IN THE SHOOTOUT. GIVE US A PICTURE OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD IN WHICH THIS INCIDENT TOOK PLACE. WELL, IF YOU LOOK AT THE CRIME STATISTICS, SKYLINE THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF SKYLINE HAS SIX VIOLENT CRIMES PER EVERY 1,000 PEOPLE. THAT'S ACCORDING TO SAN DIEGO POLICE DEPARTMENT CRIME STATISTICS FROM THE BEGINNING OF THIS YEAR TO SEPTEMBER. IF YOU LOOK AT OTHER NEIGHBORHOODSCARE KNEE MASA HAS 32 VIOLENT CRIMES. LOGAN HEIGHTS HAD TEN. PACIFIC BEACH HAD ABOUT FIVE. SO SIX IS NOT --IT DIDN'T JUMP OUT LOOKING AT THE CRIME STATISTICS AS A VIOLENT NEIGHBORHOOD WHEN COMPARED TO OTHER NEIGHBORHOODS AROUND THE CITY. SOUTHEAST SAN DIEGO DOES HAVE A REPUTATION OF BEING MORE VIOLENT, BUT AGAIN WHEN LOOKING AT THE CRIME STATISTICS IT DOESN'T PAN OUT THAT WAY. MAYBE IT'S AN UNFAIRLY DESERVED REPUTATION. WHAT ABOUT POLICE SHOOTINGS? WE UNDERSTAND THIS IS THE FIRST ONE THAT HAS HAPPENED IN 20 YEARS? >> YEAH, THE LAST TIME --IN THE CITY OF SAN DIEGO A POLICE OFFICER WAS SHOT AND KILLED WAS IN 1991. I SPOKE TO THE POLICE DEPARTMENT IN THE '70s AND '80s IT WAS MORE COMMON. SINCE 1991 THERE HASN'T BEEN A POLICE OFFICER SHOT AND KILLED IN THE CITY. TELL US ABOUT THIS POLICE OFFICER. OFFICER WILSON. HE HAD BEEN WITH THE DEPARTMENT FOR 17 YEARS. HE SPENT ALL OF THAT TIME WITH THE SOUTH EASTERN DIVISION. HE HAS TWO CHILDREN A 20-YEAR- OLD DAUGHTER AND 17-YEAR-OLD SON. HE HAD RETIRED FROM THE U.S. NAVY AS A LIEUTENANT BEFORE JOINING THE POLICE DEPARTMENT. HE WAS A PATROL OFFICER AND ALSO A FIELD TRAINING OFFICER. MEANING THAT HE WORKED WITH ROOKIES RIGHT OUT OF THE POLICE ACADEMY TO GET THEM USED TO BEING IN THE FIELD. HE WAS A WELL RESPECTED OFFICER. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THANK YOU.

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stevengreenwald | July 10, 2011 at 11:48 p.m. ― 2 years, 9 months ago

this is a unfathomable tragedy for all concerned,,3 families and all citizens!!! holem lee was not treated for his substance abuse condition at age 25 at the time he was discharged from the coast guard after a drug meth positive urine test!!had he been treated as a patient for example like betty ford than christopher wilson mr lee and his girlfriend would all be alive today!!this society must decriminalize cocaine heroine meth prescription pill abuse and judges must provide these addicts the choice of drug rehab hospitalization and not penitentiary which is the american academy of crime advancement!!!!this tragedy was preventable!!!!thanks steve greenwald mayoral cadidate tel 6193007229

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stevengreenwald | July 10, 2011 at 11:52 p.m. ― 2 years, 9 months ago

any person who profits by the sale of these mind altering drugs to a child or adult must be imprisoned thanks steve

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