A longtime San Diego police officer killed in the line of duty is about to receive a lasting legacy.
On Monday, community leaders will rename Skyview Neighborhood Park after Officer Christopher Wilson.
Wilson, 50, and the SWAT team were providing backup to probation officers as they searched for a dangerous parole violator inside a Bay Terraces apartment on Oct. 27, 2010. The 17-year SDPD veteran was shot in the head and later died from his injuries.
Thousands of people, including then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, attended Wilson’s public funeral. A candlelight vigil was held at Skyview Park, the same park that will now bear Wilson's name.
Besides renaming the park in his honor, officials will reveal a 9-foot-long cement park sign dedicated to Wilson. The unveiling is set for 10:30 a.m. Monday at the park at 7226 Skyline Drive. Wilson was a father of two, and his daughter Kaylee is expected to speak at the event.
Three people are behind bars for Wilson’s death. Two other suspects committed suicide before they could be captured by police, according to investigators.