A horse-drawn caisson carrys the casket of Doraville Police Det. Shane Wilson Thursday to the graveside services at Green Meadows Memorial Gardens. Wilson died Monday when his car was hit head on by a wrong-way driver on Interstate 20. Wilson grew up in Conyers and lived in Covington. He is survived by his wife and 8-year-old son.
CONYERS -- Hundreds in the metro Atlanta law enforcement community honored a fallen officer in Conyers Thursday as they paid final respects to Doraville Police Detective Shane Wilson.
Law enforcement personnel arrived at the First Baptist Church of Conyers in the early afternoon to attend the service for Wilson, who was killed Monday when his Ford Edge was hit head-on by a Jeep Laredo being driven eastbound in the westbound lanes of Interstate 20, according to the DeKalb County Police Department.
After the funeral service columns of motorcycles and patrol cars travelled down Ga. Highway 138 South and were paced by a horse-drawn caisson carrying Wilson's casket to the graveside service at Green Meadows Memorial Gardens. A police officer led a riderless horse behind the caisson.
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 and was responding to a call when he was hit and killed.
DeKalb Police identified Gene Jones, 39, of Dunwoody, as the driver of the Jeep Laredo. He was charged with vehicular homicide and driving under the influence in connection with the wrong-way crash. He also faces driving on the wrong side of the road and reckless driving, according to DeKalb police spokeswoman Mekka S. Parish.
Jones remained hospitalized Wednesday afternoon.