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Alhambra Police Officer Killed In Cruiser Collision

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ALHAMBRA (CBS) — Authorities said an Alhambra police officer died and another was seriously injured in a collision involving their patrol vehicles.

Officer Ryan Stringer, 26, died of injuries sustained in the crash.

The other officer was listed in stable condition. His name has not been released.

Governor Jerry Brown Jr.  issued the following statement regarding Stringer’s death:

“Anne and I extend our deep condolences to Officer Stringer’s family, friends and colleagues. In the prime of his life he made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of protecting his community.”

The accident on Garfield Avenue and Main Street occurred about 2:30 a.m. Sunday, Alhambra police Lt. Dan Rodriguez said.

According to Alhambra police Lt. Edith Lopez, police were investigating a possible robbery when responding cruisers collided with one another.

Lopez said paramedics rushed both officers to Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, where Officer Stringer died of his injuries.

Officer Stringer joined the Alhambra Police Department in January 2009, according to the governor’s press office. He is survived by his mother and father, Debbie and Sonny Stringer, of Whittier. He is also survived by his four sisters, Kristen Stringer-Bartel, Kym Stringer, Dana Stringer and Donna McCulloch.

In honor of Officer Stringer, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff.

(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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