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Three charged with murder in death of San Diego police officer

July 26, 2011 | 11:03 am

Conner Wilson, front center, son of fallen San Diego police officer Christopher Wilson, and other pallbearers carry Wilson's casket into Rock Church Nov. 4, 2010.

Murder charges have been filed against three people in the shooting death of a San Diego police officer, Dist. Atty. Bonnie Dumanis announced Tuesday.

Alex Charfauros, 26, Melissa Ortiz, 21, and Patrick Luangrath, 19, are charged in the death of Officer Chris Wilson, 50, a 17-year veteran of the police department.

Wilson was fatally shot on Oct. 27, 2010 as police attempted to storm an apartment in the Paradise Hills neighborhood in search of a possible probation violator.

The three are set to be arraigned Tuesday in San Diego County Superior Court. Each faces a variety of charges, including murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to obstruct justice and gun-related violations, Dumanis said.

"Officer Wilson's death shook the community and reminded us all about the daily dangers faced by law enforcement in San Diego," Dumanis said.

Two people were found dead inside the apartment, including the person believed to have fired the fatal shot at Wilson. Three others were arrested at the apartment.

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Photo: Conner Wilson, front center, son of fallen San Diego police officer Christopher Wilson, and other pallbearers carry Wilson's casket into Rock Church Nov. 4, 2010. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

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