CONYERS — Funeral services are scheduled today in Conyers for Doraville Police Det. Shane Wilson, who was killed in a wrong-way traffic accident on Interstate 20 earlier this week.
Wilson, 27, was a 2002 graduate of Heritage High School and a Covington resident who joined the Doraville Police Department as a dispatcher in 2003, and became a sworn officer in 2007. Wilson was a member of the Doraville Police’s SWAT unit at the time of his death Monday. He was off duty but on call. Wilson was responding to a call when he was driving westbound on Interstate 20.
His vehicle was struck head-on by a another vehicle being driven east in the westbound lanes near the Wesley Chapel Road exit. Wilson was declared dead at the scene.
Several area law enforcement and public safety agencies are expected to be represented at Wilson’s funeral at 2 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church of Conyers.
Rockdale County Sheriff Jeff Wigington said Wednesday traffic control will be in force from the church south to the burial site in Green Meadows Memorial Gardens at Scot Ward Funeral Services at 699 American Legion Road.
Traffic is expected to increase at I-20 and Ga. 138 at around noon. The southbound lanes of Ga. 138 will be close at about 3:15 p.m. for about 15 minutes for the funeral process to the cemetery. Wigington encouraged motorists to be aware of the expected traffic congestion surrounding the funeral and consider using alternate routes in the area.
Wilson’s decision to go into law enforcement was not surprising. His mother, Gayle Hanson and stepfather, James David Hanson, are retired DeKalb County police officers and extended family members worked for the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office and Conyers Police Department.
Stacey Hanson, Wilson’s stepbrother, said Wilson was unsure of what he wanted to do, but he was drawn to law enforcement.
“Like many young men, there were years of wondering and discovery on what he wanted to do, but once he settled on being a police officer, it fit him like a glove,” Hanson said. “He did not realize how much he would enjoy doing it, and, I think, he sort of came back to it because it was the family tradition. Once he started doing it, he loved it and he just wanted to do more and more of it.”
Wilson recently married to Kathryn “Katy” Wilson and had settled in Covington. Wilson is also survived by his 8-year-old son, Liam Anakin Wilson, according to his obituary notice in Wednesday’s Rockdale Citizen.
Darius Freeman, a science teacher at Heritage High School, graduated with Wilson and knew him since they were in sixth grade at Edwards Middle School. Freeman said his high school classmates are planning their 10-year class reunion. When news of Wilson’s death arrived, many left remembrances on the Facebook page of Heritage’s class of 2002.
“I hadn’t talked with him in a couple of years, life happens, but everything I remember about him from high school and even middle school was that he was the kind of kid who never got in trouble and did what was expected of him. He was under the radar in that sense,” Freeman said. “He was a super nice guy, and I could never say a bad thing about him.”