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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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    revCCBeasley

    about 3 years ago

    2944 Comments

    RIP, God be with the Family as they deal with a tragetic lost.

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    milcop

    about 3 years ago

    762 Comments

    RIP my Brother

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    BeachAngel

    about 3 years ago

    5888 Comments

    R.I.P.

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    WACollector

    about 3 years ago

    764 Comments

    Rest In Peace, Brother.

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    rew706

    about 3 years ago

    10 Comments

    Freak Accident. Rest in Peace Brother.

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    tbailes182

    about 3 years ago

    540 Comments

    Rest in peace Brother

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    batman2944

    about 3 years ago

    738 Comments

    Rest in Peace Brother, and God Bless!

    "Train for the Fight"

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    captainbud

    about 3 years ago

    420 Comments

    May you rest in peace, my brother. May God comfort and bless your family and friends.

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    patrickT

    about 3 years ago

    322 Comments

    My prayers are with you and your family.

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    boritico

    about 3 years ago

    928 Comments

    R.I.P.B.

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    alex82

    about 3 years ago

    2768 Comments

    rest in pease bro ! Prayers to his family and friends.

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    Anonymous

    about 3 years ago

    R.I.P Brother. Our Prayers go out to his Family, Friends and Co -Workers.

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    dcrump

    about 3 years ago

    192 Comments

    R.I.P. our law enforcement brother!

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    cricket12345

    about 3 years ago

    74 Comments

    My prayers go out to the family of Officer Sandoval and his family REST IN PEACE

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    aussie4

    about 3 years ago

    5328 Comments

    God Bless Leo Sandoval and hsi family.

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