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Honoring a fallen officer

Rockdale and Conyers mourned the loss of the Doraville officer killed in a car crash Monday morning.

Robert Shane Wilson, 27, was a 2002 Heritage High School grad, the father of a young son, and had recently remarried in September. He lived in Covington but had family roots in Rockdale (see Obituary on Page 4). He joined the City of Doraville Police Department as a dispatcher in 2003, and became a sworn officer in 2007. In his service to the City of Doraville, he received many commendations and awards, including being a member of the department's SWAT team.

Wilson's funeral was held Thursday at First Baptist of Conyers with a procession down Ga. Highway 138 to the Green Meadows cemetery, with about 500-800 people in attendance. His service was noted in a written statement at the funeral by Governor Nathan Deal and on the House floor in Washington by Congressman Hank Johnson.

Following the funeral a caisson escorted Wilson down 138 from Pine Log Park to his final resting place.

Wilson was responding to a call early Monday morning and driving in the westbound lane of I-20 just east of Wesley Chapel Road when a 2012 Jeep Cherokee driving the wrong way struck him.

According to reports, the driver of the Jeep Cherokee, Gene Jones, was seen by a witness to have made a U-turn on the highway.

Wilson was found deceased at the scene of the accident and Jones was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital for his injuries, where he was given a blood test. Jones, of Dunwoody, was charged with DUI less safe, reckless driving, driving on the wrong side of the road and vehicular homicide first degree.