Murder Charges Filed in Shooting Death of Police Officer

Three people have been charged in the October death of veteran San Diego police Officer Christopher Wilson.

Three people have been charged with murder in connection with the October shooting death of veteran San Diego police Officer Christopher Wilson in a Paradise Hills apartment.

Alex Charfauros, 26, Melissa Ortiz, 21, and Patrick Luangrath, 19, also are charged with attempted murder, conspiracy to obstruct justice and other drug and gun-related charges. They each face up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted.

Arraignment is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon at the downtown courthouse.

"Officer Wilson's death shook the community and reminded us all about the daily dangers faced by law enforcement in San Diego," District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis said. "The criminal charges filed today are the first step in holding the defendants accountable for their conduct that evening."

San Diego police officers were assisting the U.S. Marshals Service and San Diego County Probation officers in a compliance check when the shooting happened around 11 p.m. on Oct. 27. Wilson, 50, was a 17-year veteran on the force and left behind two children.

City News Service contributed to this report.


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