California police officer’s death linked to ‘fentanyl toxicity’, coroner says

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A San Jose police officer died in March of “fentanyl toxicity”, coroner officials confirmed.

De’Jon Packer, 24, a San Jose Police Department rookie and former running back, was found unresponsive March 13 during a welfare check at his home in Milpitas.

San Jose Police Officer De'Jon Packer.

San Jose Police Officer De’Jon Packer.
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The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner confirmed to KNTV on Saturday that Packer died of a drug overdose. The death is still under investigation by Milpitas Police.

San Jose Police Chief Anthony Mata said his department does not condone drug use and is cooperating with Milpitas’ investigation.

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Mata said the police department has provided drug prevention training for staff and offers emotional support services to officers.

“We need to be aware that we are not immune to the problems that plague society, in this case drug addiction. As human beings we are not perfect and mistakes will be made,” he said. Mata said. “Any allegation of illegal drug use by a San Jose police officer is concerning. There are no free passes for police officers, and we will not make excuses.”

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Packer was a star at San Jose State University before becoming a police officer.

“We all loved DeJon Packer and will miss his infectious smile,” SJSU football coach Brent Brennan said in a statement.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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