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Fugitive sought in San Diego shootout with police commited suicide

October 30, 2010 |  5:28 pm

SdcopXXX The fugitive involved in a shootout that killed a San Diego police officer commited suicide as the police SWAT squad prepared to storm the bedroom where he was barricaded, the San Diego County medical examiner announced Saturday.

The fugitive apparently killed his companion, according to the medical examiner's office, which performed autopsies on Holim Lee, 30, and Lucky Xayasene, 27.

Both died of gunshots to the head. Lee death's is listed as a suicide, Xayasene's a homicide.

The two had extensive records of drug usage and criminal convictions, according to court records. Lee was being sought on a felony warrant for assault with a deadly weapon.

Officer Christopher Wilson was among the officers assisting a U.S. marshal and county probation officers Wednesday night who went to an apartment in the Skyline neighborhood looking for a probationer thought to be harboring Lee.

The probationer was arrested, but four other people in the apartment barricaded themselves in a back bedroom. In an exchange of gunfire, Wilson, 50, a 17-year veteran, was struck in the head; he died later at a local hospital.

The SWAT squad was then assembled. Before they could storm the apartment, a man and woman surrendered. They were arrested but later released.

After several hours, officers fired tear-gas and flash-bang grenades into the apartment. Once inside, they found two bodies -- now identified as Lee and Xayasene. Weapons were found near the bodies.

In a news conference Thursday, police officials had said that it was unclear how the two had died and that the determination would have to be made after an autopsy.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: Officer Christopher Wilson. Credit: San Diego Police Department