Hundreds of law enforcement officers from across California gathered Thursday along with state and local dignitaries and mourning members of the public to pay final respects to a veteran San Diego patrolman and father of two gunned down in the line of duty.
A ceremonial procession of police vehicles traveled from Mission Valley to Liberty Station prior to the funeral for 17-year SDPD Officer Christopher Wilson, who was mortally wounded last week in a shootout with an assault suspect at a Skyline-area apartment complex.
Among the top state leaders joining San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders and other city officials at the midday memorial service were Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his newly elected successor, Attorney General Jerry Brown.
The Hollywood action star-turned-governor praised Wilson as a dedicated lawman who “did what heroes do.”
“He rushed in where others would have run away,” Schwarzenegger told a crowd estimated at 2,000 — mostly clad in ceremonial uniforms — inside the Rock Church on Rosecrans Street. “His loss is a reminder of just how dangerous police work really is. That’s why I always say people like Chris are the real action heroes.”
Wilson, 50, a former Navy lieutenant and one-time SWAT team member, was ambushed by a gunman late on the night of Oct. 27 while helping deputy federal marshals try to flush a fugitive assault suspect out of an apartment in the 400 block of South Meadowbrook Drive.
Hundreds of law enforcement officers from across California gathered Thursday along with state and local…
by Tactical-Life.com / Nov 8, 2010