Man, 20, Arrested In Hit-And-Run Crash That Killed LAPD Officer

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A 20-year-old man was arrested Tuesday in connection to a hit-and-run crash that killed an LAPD officer over the weekend.

Mynor Enrique Varela was booked on suspicion of murder and is being held without bail, police said.

Officer Roberto Sanchez died and his partner, Officer Richard Medina, was injured just before 4 a.m. Saturday when an SUV collided with their patrol car on Anaheim Street in the Harbor City area.

Varela allegedly left the crash scene, but was taken into custody later that day, said Los Angeles police Cmdr. Andy Smith. Another person was also taken into custody on a parole violation.

Sanchez, 32, and Medina were transported to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, where Sanchez died.

Medina suffered numerous injuries, including a broken jaw. He was released from the hospital Monday morning.

Sanchez, a six-year veteran, leaves behind a wife and both of his parents.

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