Man sentenced to 22 years in 2010 shooting of police officer

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A man who pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in
the 2010 shooting of a San Diego police officer has been
sentenced to 22 years and four months in state prison.

Patrick Luangrath, 22, was one of three people charged in the shooting
that took the life of Officer Christopher Wilson at a southeast San Diego
apartment complex on Oct. 27, 2010. As part of his plea, Luangrath agreed to the imposed

Another man, 29-year-old Alex Charfauros, was convicted last month of
second-degree murder and attempted murder of a peace officer and faces life in
prison when he's sentenced. Trial is pending for a third defendant, Melissa

Deputy District Attorney Michael Runyon told jurors at Charfauros' trial
that if the defendant had told the truth about armed people holed up in his
apartment on South Meadowbrook Drive, Wilson may not have been killed the night
county probation officers and U.S. marshals went there. Probation officers were
checking on Charfauros, and the marshals were looking for Holim Lee, who had
outstanding warrants for assault and a probation violation.

A man opened the door and said Charfauros wasn't home, then slammed it
shut, Runyon said. Officers forced entry into the apartment and after a while,
Charfauros came crawling out of the east bedroom.

Once outside, officers asked Charfauros if there were any guns, drugs or
anyone else holed up inside, but the defendant was uncooperative, saying he
had been at work, then went to sleep, Runyon said.

A number of San Diego police officers were called to assist, including
Wilson, who also questioned Charfauros about who and what was still in the
apartment, but the defendant said he didn't know, according to Runyon.

Wilson, a 17-year veteran and training officer, was shot in the head and
died a short time later. He was 50.

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