San Diego PD Officer Christopher “Cover” Wilson is being remembered as “Twice the Hero”
Officer Wilson first served our Country by serving in the United States Navy where he worked as a Surface Warfare Officer and retired as a Lieutenant. When he completed his service, he knew he was still not done. He then joined the San Diego Police Department where he worked for more than 17 years serving and protecting the People. He did this with such pride and pleasure. Our Brother was one of a rare breed. He loved his work so much and simply knew where he would serve best. It is why he refused promotions because it would take him out of his area which happened to be one of the toughest and most dangerous of the city. Ofc. Wilson served the Southeastern Division his entire career. This enabled him to truly get to know the People. He would make sure his homeless had food, his children behaved, and the citizens were safe. He was just always there. And they loved him for his fairness and grace. This Hero truly set the bar high and worked ever so diligently in working together with those in need. Christopher also worked as a Field training Officer, was a member of the SWAT Team and also served as a peer counselor. He was BLUE to the bone without a doubt and he will be greatly missed by so many people. A fine example of HOW TO LIVE A LIFE AS ONLY A HERO COULD.
Christopher leaves behind a former wife Tracy with whom he was still real good friends with and their two children, daughter Kaylee (20) and son Conner (17). Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the entire extended Wilson family, the Men and Women of the San Diego Police Department and to all peers who have had the privilege and pleasure of working alongside him as well as to the Patriots of the United States Navy. Our prayers are also with Police K-9 Officer Monty, a 4 1/2 year old Belgian Malinois, who is healing from surgery of his jaw and is expected to make a full recovery. Our prayers also extend to the Rookie Officer and the K-9 Officer who were engaged in a gun battle. May everyone find a healthy way to deal with this tragic event.
Incident report summary as reported by the SDPD Association:
Officer Christopher Wilson, 50, was gunned down upon entry into an apartment room in an attempt to serve a warrant. At approximately 2245 hrs, when Officer Wilson accompanying Federal Probation Officers and members of the U.S. Marshals to serve an arrest warrant on a man who was on probation for assault with deadly weapons at an apartment, someone had initially opened the door but then immediately slammed it shut upon seeing the lawmen. The Officers then kicked in the door and grabbed the dude. The team entered back into the apartment and when they came to a locked interior door, they proceeded to kick it in. They were met with a barrage of gunfire. Officer Wilson was struck above his vest. Police K-9 Officer Monty was also injured. The team members were eventually able to retrieve their downed man and exit. A rookie officer, who Wilson was training at the time and the K-9 Handler were engaged in a gun battle before they were able to make a safe escape from the other bedroom. They carried the wounded Monty and exited via a window and down a ladder. The Officers then called in San Diego SWAT team. Numerous other Officers and Agents also responded. A 7 hour stand-off ensued. In the meantime, Christopher had been rushed to the hospital where the doctors worked feverishly on him but the wounds proved to be too much. Our Warrior Brother succumbed at approximately 0300 hrs. During the siege, 2 people were forced out by gas. In the end, two other people were found deceased inside the apartment. It is not known yet if they died from shots fired from Police or by their own hands. One of the deceased is believed to be the killer of Officer Wilson. Numerous weapons were also seized from inside the room.