LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A sixth Los Angeles Police Department employee has died of the coronavirus.
LAPD Chief Michel Moore confirmed the death during a news conference Monday morning on crime. He said that the victim was Officer Phil Sudario, a patrol officer in the department’s southeast division.READ MORE: COVID-19 Hospitalizations Fall Below 400 In Riverside, San Bernardino Counties
Moore said he learned of the death just prior to the news conference.READ MORE: OC Receives More Than 83,000 COVID-19 Vaccine Doses In Single Day
“Tragically, just before we started here today, I learned we lost our sixth member,” Moore said in the news conference.
Sudario leaves behind a wife, two adult sons and a teen daughter.MORE NEWS: Stretch Of 5 Freeway In Norwalk Area To Close During Construction
Moore reports that nearly 2,500 LAPD employees have been infected with the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 700 are still recovering.