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: Faith Leaders From Around Los Angeles React To The Guilty Verdict In The Trial Of Derek Chauvin
Moore said he learned of the death just prior to the news conference.READ MORE: Duarte Senior Center To Host Free COVID-19 Vaccination Site April 25 & 26
“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: Beverly Hills, Long Beach Hard Hit Last Summer By Protests Peaceful Following Chauvin Verdicts
Moore reports that nearly 2,500 LAPD employees have been infected with the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 700 are still recovering.