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LAPD: Hit and Run that Killed Officer was Intentional

May 09, 2014  | 

Officer Roberto Sanchez (Photo: LAPD)
Officer Roberto Sanchez (Photo: LAPD)

It was 3:45 a.m. last Saturday and two LAPD officers were in pursuit of a Camaro speeding down Anaheim Street in Harbor City.

At one point, the Camaro made a sharp U-turn. The police cruiser did the same. And that's when it was broadsided by a Chevy Tahoe that had been following the police car.

LAPD investigators on Thursday said the crash was no accident. Chief Charlie Beck said the driver of that SUV was a friend of the man being pursued. He intentionally rammed the SUV into the patrol cruiser to help that friend, Beck said.

Officer Roberto Sanchez, 32, died later at a hospital. His partner, Officer Richard Medina, suffered a broken jaw.

The 20-year-old driver, Mynor Varela, has been charged with murder. He pleaded not guilty, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Related:

LAPD Mourns a 3rd Officer Death in 2 Months

Driver Pleads Not Guilty to Killing LAPD Officer in Hit-And-Run

Tags: Officer Down, LAPD, Cop Killers, Assaults on Officers


Comments (3)

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GBush @ 5/10/2014 1:03 PM

Where is the public's outcry? Where is our President denouncing such an attack? It appears, when a thug is killed, activist will rally and our government officials will march alongside them. When a Officer is killed, it appears to be an inconvenience to most.

TheRookie @ 5/10/2014 3:28 PM

I'm f____king furios about this sh___iittt. This scab had better of tripped and fell numerous times while getting the to the proper shit hole cell they are in. Ambush like that calls for the DEATH PENALTY!!!

KevCopAz @ 5/11/2014 3:23 PM

I agree with GBush, If this were citizen killed during a police dispute all hell would break loose, especially since the victim was hispanic. We in Law Enforcement should know by now, the only one who cares when the victim is an officer is the officer, his family, and other officers. Sometimes the Department cares, IF its not a embarrassing situation for the department or heaven forbid a minority (rightfully or wrongly) is killed or injured by a Cop. We know this, so why are we surprised?

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