By CBSLA Staff

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.

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Moore said he learned of the death just prior to the news conference.

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“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.

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Moore reports that nearly 2,500 LAPD employees have been infected with the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 700 are still recovering.