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Tests confirm fugitive fired shot that killed veteran policeman

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Holim Lee and Lucky Xayasene Holim Lee and Lucky Xayasene
Officer Christopher Wilson Officer Christopher Wilson

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Forensic examinations have confirmed that a veteran patrol officer slain during a Skyline-area shootout seven weeks ago was gunned down by a fugitive who then killed himself with the same pistol, authorities announced Thursday.

In the aftermath of the on-duty death of San Diego police Officer Christopher Wilson, detectives could not say for certain where the fatal shot had come from, though they believed it was assault suspect Holim Lee who had pulled the trigger.

Lee, 30, also died in the volley of gunfire, as did his girlfriend, 27-year-old Lucky Xayasene.

Ongoing reviews of evidence in the case have determined that Lee shot Wilson in the head with a .40-caliber pistol the moment police kicked down the door of the apartment bedroom the suspect was hiding in late on the evening of Oct. 27, SDPD homicide Lt. Ernie Herbert said.

The 50-year-old patrolman died in a hospital about four hours later.

At some point on the night of the shootout or early the next morning, Lee turned his gun on himself. Xayasene, who had taken part in the shootout along with her boyfriend, likewise killed herself with the .45-caliber pistol she had fired at police, according to Herbert.

Wilson, a former Navy man and father of two who lived in Tierrasanta, came under fire while he and fellow officers were helping deputy federal marshals try to flush Lee out of a second-floor apartment on South Meadowbrook Drive.

The 17-year San Diego police veteran had earned widespread respect among community members and colleagues alike for his commitment to the well-being of those living in the crime-plagued neighborhoods he patrolled in the city's southeastern reaches.

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