Los Angeles police officer dies from injuries sustained in training accident

A 32-year-old Los Angeles police officer died Sunday of injuries sustained three days earlier in a training accident.

Houston Tipping, a five-year veteran, was injured in a practice accident Thursday at Elysian Park Academy, according to Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore.

“Despite the valiant efforts of classmates” and medical staff, Tipping “was unable to recover,” the chef said in a tweet.

Moore called Tipping “a bright, uplifting young man with a full life ahead of him”.

According to a statement from the chief, at the time of the crash, Tipping was a bicycle instructor engaged in a training scenario involving a grapple with another officer. During the storyline, Tipping fell to the ground and suffered a catastrophic spinal cord injury.

Officers immediately started CPR and called for emergency help. The tip was taken to the LA County-USC Medical Center in Boyle Heights.

The police department is investigating the accident to identify additional measures to prevent such incidents in the future, according to Moore’s statement.

Tipping worked as a patrol officer in the Devonshire Division, which covers the Northridge, Reseda, Chatsworth and other parts of the northern San Fernando Valley area.

In a tweet, the Los Angeles Police Protective League said Tipping “patrols Devonshire neighborhoods and works as a bike instructor. He loved serving as a policeman.

Another tribute came in a tweet from Sandra Zamora, senior officer for the Devonshire area: “It was a #clever, #kindly, #friendly & #funny man to know.

She added in another tweet: “Houston was a great officer. Very helpful and always ready to go above and beyond for others.”

Times writer Kevin Rector contributed to this report.

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