VIDEO: LA deputy dies in crash, 2nd to die on duty this month

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COMPTON, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the death of Los Angeles County sheriff’s sergeant on duty (all times local):

8:50 p.m.

Gov. Jerry Brown has issued the following statement:

Sergeant Lopez dedicated more than half of his life to serving his community with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and on behalf of all Californians, Anne and I extend our deepest condolences.”

Sergeant Lopez, 47, of Glendora, was involved in a single-vehicle crash today in Compton while assisting with the pursuit of a stolen vehicle. He was pronounced deceased at a local hospital. Preliminary information suggests Sergeant Lopez suffered a medical emergency during the pursuit.

Sergeant Lopez was a 26-year veteran of the department and is survived by his wife, daughter and son.

In honor of Sergeant Lopez, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff.

12:30 p.m.

For the second time this month the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is mourning a veteran sergeant who died on duty.

The department says Sgt. Alfonso Lopez was pronounced dead after his patrol car was found crashed into a fence in Compton.

The single-vehicle crash occurred around 5:20 a.m. Monday after Lopez responded to assist other deputies involved in a pursuit that ended up being called off due to rainy weather.

Other deputies performed CPR but the sergeant was still unconscious and unresponsive when Compton firefighters arrived.

Early this month a Palmdale station sergeant, Steve Owen, was shot to death as he answered a burglary call.

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9:30 a.m.

A Los Angeles County sheriff’s sergeant has been killed in a single-vehicle crash while responding to assist other deputies who were involved in a pursuit.

A Sheriff’s Department statement says vehicle crashed in Compton around 5:20 a.m. Monday.

Other deputies began performing CPR but the sergeant was still unconscious and unresponsive when Compton firefighters arrived.

The sergeant was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The pursuit call involved a stolen-vehicle suspect.

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