Los Angeles, California – An officer with the Los Angeles Police Department passed away on Sunday, only a few days after sustaining a spinal cord injury while participating in a training exercise at Elysian Park Academy.
According to Chief Michel Moore of the Los Angeles Police Department, the accident took place on Thursday. Officer Houston Tipping was assigned to the Devonshire Division of the police department.
Officer Tipping injured his spinal cord after falling to the floor while conducting an exercise with another officer that involved wrestling. Other officers who were also participating in the exercise started performing CPR on Tipping while waiting for the crews from the Los Angeles Fire Department to arrive.
“May God welcome him home & comfort his family, friends, and partners. Our work continues in a profession that at times calls for a cost that is very high. Blessed are the peacemakers. As we grieve this terrible loss, our thoughts are with the family of Officer Tipping, his Devonshire area family, and the men and women of the Los Angeles Police Department during this difficult time. True to his character of unending service, Officer Tipping is an organ donor. Over the next few days, his selflessness will save other lives,” Chief Moore issued a statement on Twitter.
The LAPD is conducting an investigation into the incident to determine the steps that led to the injury in order to prevent such tragedies from occurring in the future.