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Probationer in deadly cop shooting speaks with News 8

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The parolee taken into custody moments before a shootout took the life of a San Diego police officer is speaking out from jail.

It's the first time we've been able to hear Alex Charfouros's version of what happened the night SDPD Officer Christopher Wilson was killed, and how he responds to the three felony counts staring straight at him.

"First of all my violation -- they did come in and I did violate because of my drug use and that's about all I'm guilty for," Charfauros said.

Charfauros, 26, says violating his parole by using meth is all he's ever been guilty of. In a jailhouse interview with News 8, Charfauros says while he feels sad for the tragic loss of Officer Christopher Wilson, he is innocent and doesn't belong behind bars.

"It's tragic what has happened, and you know I happened to be there and it happened to be at my house but I had nothing to do with it," he said.

On Oct. 27, a probation check lead authorities to Charfauros's house in Skyline. Moments after his arrest, a shootout between his two roommates lead to the shooting death of Officer Wilson. But before Charfauros could face those probation violation charges, the district attorney added new charges: unemployment fraud.

"Basically claiming he's been looking for work when in fact he's been in jail since he's been arrested in this case," deputy district attorney Michael Runyon said.

That's simply not the case, says the probationer.

"For the rest of the charges, unemployment fraud and whatever charges they are trying to build from what I'm hearing, I'm innocent," Charfauros said.

Charfauros's mother was also charged with conspiracy to commit employment aid fraud, perjury and filing false documents.

Prior to his arrest in October, Charfarous says he was collecting unemployment for three months while paying child support for his seven-year-old daughter, but since he's been locked up, he hasn't collected a dime.

"I don't know how they are going to charge me for something i have not done," he said.

Charfauros is the first to admit he hasn't been living on the straight and narrow path. He just wants to be given a chance to make it right.

"Everybody makes mistakes. Mine just happened to be out there… I'm going to be an example of a changed man," he said.

If convicted of unemployment fraud, Charfauros and his mother could each face up to three years in prison. Charfauros's probation violation also adds another two years.

Charfauros has a readiness conference set for Wednesday. His preliminary hearing is Jan. 3.

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