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Skyview park renamed after slain SDPD officer

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SAN DIEGO (CNS/CBS 8) - City officials Monday renamed a park in the Skyline neighborhood in memory of San Diego police Officer Christopher Wilson, four years to the day after he was gunned down in a shootout.

Skyview Neighborhood Park at 7226 Skyline Drive is now Officer Christopher Wilson Memorial Park.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Councilwoman Myrtle Cole and SDPD Chief Shelley Zimmerman attended the renaming ceremony, where a monument dedicated to Wilson was unveiled to a crowd of about 200 people.
Zimmerman told CBS News 8 Wilson helped and mentored so many local residents for 17 years before he died, and it made her proud to see the community showing appreciation.

"He passed up opportunities to promote, he passed up other opportunities because he loved serving this particular community. So to have the community come together to rename this park in his honor is just the perfect location, the perfect choice," she said.

Wilson was assisting on a joint raid by U.S. marshals, who were looking for a man with outstanding arrest warrants, and the county Probation Department, which wanted to check on a probationer.

The law enforcement officers were met with a hail of gunfire at an apartment on South Meadowbrook Drive. Wilson, a 50-year-old married father of two, died at a hospital about four hours later.

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

The probationer, Alex Charfauros, was imprisoned for 85 years for failing to tell officers that armed people were holed up in his apartment, and an extra year for trying to dissuade a witness.

Wilson's colleague SDPD Lt. Steve Behrendt said he was lucky to have worked alongside him.

"He cared about people. He was passionate about his job. He spent his whole career her in the Southeastern Division and he enjoyed helping the people in the community, and he cared about his fellow officers," Behrendt said.

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