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Skyline Park Renamed In Memory Of Slain San Diego Police Officer

A monument dedicated to slain San Diego police Officer Christopher Wilson was unveiled Oct. 27, 2014. The monument says "City of San Diego, Officer Christopher Wilson Memorial Park, Park and Recreation Department, Donated by Councilmember Myrtle Cole."
Dwane Brown
A monument dedicated to slain San Diego police Officer Christopher Wilson was unveiled Oct. 27, 2014. The monument says "City of San Diego, Officer Christopher Wilson Memorial Park, Park and Recreation Department, Donated by Councilmember Myrtle Cole."

City officials renamed a Skyline park Monday for slain San Diego police Officer Christopher Wilson — four years to the day after he was killed in a shooting.

Skyview Neighborhood Park at 7226 Skyline Drive will now be known as Officer Christopher Wilson Memorial Park.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Councilwoman Myrtle Cole and Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman attended the renaming ceremony where a monument dedicated to Wilson was unveiled.

"You know parks are about communities, so when the communities come here, the families, particularly the children that come here, let this park be a beacon of hope and opportunity because that's what Chris would have wanted for them," Zimmerman said.

Wilson was shot and killed when he and other San Diego police officers were called to an apartment to assist U.S. marshals and county probation officers making a check on a probationer. Inside the apartment was a fugitive.

The law enforcement officers were met with a hail of gunfire at the apartment on South Meadowbrook Drive, and Wilson, a 50-year-old father of two, was fatally shot.

Two people in the apartment died of self-inflicted gunshot wounds, according to investigators.

Alex Charfauros, a probationer arrested at the address, was imprisoned for 85 years for failing to tell officers that armed people were holed up in his apartment. He was given an extra year in prison for trying to dissuade a witness.

Councilwoman Myrtle Cole, a former San Diego police officer, said Wilson was dedicated to the community and made the ultimate sacrifice trying to protect it.

"As a former police lieutenant, I know the sacrifices that our men and women in blue make every single day. We owe them a debt that we can never repay," Cole said.

Kaylee Wilson, the fallen officer's daughter, was also at the ceremony. She still remembers one of her late father's favorite quotes.

"Police officers in many ways are like sheep dogs, protecting the flock of sheep from the wolves. Is there anything more noble?" Wilson said.

Skyline Park Renamed In Memory Of San Diego Police Officer