SAN DIEGO (CNS) - One of three people accused of involvement in the death of a San Diego police officer killed in a shootout last year told an ex-girlfriend after he was jailed that he was going to make the most of his notoriety, according to court documents released Monday.
Excerpts from Alex Charfauros' recorded jail conversation were included in an affidavit in support of a search warrant. Charfauros, 27, is charged with murder and other counts in the shooting death at his Skyline apartment last Oct. 27 of Officer Christopher Wilson.
'I'm all over (the news)," Charfauros told ex-girlfriend Michelle Chang in the Dec. 5 jail recording. "So I'm like getting numbers to producers from like, ya know, Channel 8 and all kinds of other (expletive). I'm trying to become famous babe! I'm already famous in a bad way, but I'm gonna flip that (expletive) around. I'm gonna be on Oprah! I'm telling you baby, my show's gonna be called For the Love of Flex! I'm gonna take care of you baby."
Patrick Luangrath, 20, and 22-year-old Melissa Ortiz are also charged with murder in Wilson's death.
None of the defendants are accused of firing the shot that killed Wilson, said Deputy District Attorney Michael Runyon.
Wilson was part of a team of officers who responded to Charfauros' apartment on South Meadowbrook Drive to carry out a probation compliance check.
Authorities had learned that Charfauros was associating with Holim Lee, who had outstanding warrants for assault with a deadly weapon and a probation violation. Charfauros was also on probation.
Police had reports of the two men smoking methamphetamine inside the apartment, according to court documents. About 10:30 p.m., authorities asked to enter the apartment for the compliance check but a door was slammed in their face.
When authorities forced entry, Charfauros came out of a bedroom and was arrested. He told authorities there was no one else in the apartment and a perimeter was set up outside the building with help from San Diego police.
At 11:02 p.m., officers -- looking for Lee -- went in the apartment with a police dog and ordered people to come out of a closed bedroom.
An officer kicked the bedroom door in, and, according to ballistics evidence, Lee and girlfriend Lucky Xayasene opened fire with three weapons. Wilson was hit in the head with a bullet fired by Lee and died later at a hospital.
A fellow officer returned fire, wounding a police dog who jumped in the line of fire.
Lee and Xayasene were later found dead in the bedroom of self-inflicted gunshot wounds.
About 3 a.m., Luangrath and Ortiz came out of the apartment and were arrested, according to the affidavit.
Runyon said Ortiz admitted turning off a light in the bedroom so officers entering the bedroom were completely "back-lit" and exposed.
According to the search warrant affidavit, Luangrath told police that when officers knocked at the door, Lee told everyone to "hide."
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