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Head Injury Claims Life of Pasadena Officer

Head Injury Claims Life of Pasadena Officer

Associated Press

June 16, 2011

ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST – A South Pasadena police officer died Tuesday when he collapsed during a training exercise at Burro Canyon Shooting Park, authorities said.

Kevin Sandoval, 23, of Covina was pronounced dead about 3 p.m. following a training accident.

Sandoval was doing firearms training when he fell for an unknown reason and hit his head, said Monterey Park police Sgt. Frank Duke who is speaking to the press on behalf of the South Pasadena Police Department.

The officer was taken by helicopter to Foothill Presbyterian Hospital in Glendora but succumbed to his injuries, Duke said.

The incident, which happened about 2 p.m., is under investigation, Duke said.

The officer was not shot during training and was not firing gunshots at the time of the collapse, officials said.

Paramedics treated Sandoval directly after the incident, Duke said. Duke was not sure why the paramedics were at the shooting range, but sometimes paramedics train at the facility, Duke said.

Sandoval had been an officer with South Pasadena for two years and was a cadet with the department for more than a year prior to that, Duke said. He was not married and is survived by his sister and parents.

Many police departments, including South Pasadena and Monterey Park, train at Burro Canyon on East Fork Road off Highway 39 near the Morris Reservoir. The shooting park opened in 1993.

California Highway Patrol Officer Ming Hsu said an autopsy was planned to determine the cause of death.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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