Police Link Suspected Cop Killer to 2nd Murder

Lee committed suicide after a shoot out with police

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    A suspect who committed suicide after the killing of a San Diego police officer also apparently shot and killed his female companion before police stormed his barricaded bedroom, authorities said Sunday.

    Holim Lee's girlfriend, 27-year-old Lucky Xayasene, died of a gunshot wound to the head, the San Diego Medical Examiner reported on its website. The death was ruled a homicide.

    Lee, 30, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, the Medical Examiner said.

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    Family members and friends of Holim Lee, the man San Diego police believe shot and killed Officer Chris Wilson Wednesday night, say the 30-year old man was a much different person a few years ago.

    They both died sometime Wednesday and their bodies were found in the San Diego apartment Thursday.

    The pair were discovered dead some eight hours after gunfire broke out with police and U.S. marshals serving a pair of warrants for Lee, a former seaman with the U.S. Coast Guard. Police officer Christopher Wilson was shot and killed.

    One of the warrants, issued July 30, accused Lee, a former seaman with the U.S. Coast Guard, of assault with a deadly weapon. Another, dated Oct. 19, was issued for violation of terms of his parole in an armed robbery case.

    Lee's family told The Associated Press that he had hoped to climb the ranks of the Coast Guard but had turned to drugs and crime after he left the service in 2005.

    His brother Hojin Lee said Holim Lee found it "very difficult to live as a civilian."

    Wilson, 50, was a 17-year veteran of the city police force with two children.

    Lee's family issued a statement saying they were "horrified by the circumstances" of Wilson's death.
     
    Wilson's funeral is set for Thursday.