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Officer Dies - News Conference

An Albuquerque police officer died Thursday morning from what police described as a “catastrophic medical event.” Officers were gathering on University NE for role-play training on how to respond to people in crisis when the officer had a “medical episode,” according to police. The officer’s name wasn’t released and police said they haven’t notified his next of kin. “This was not an incident related in any way to the training, and is a very tragic loss for our community,” Celina Espinoza, a police spokeswoman, said in the release. “We are asking for continued prayers for the officer and the officer’s family during this tragic time.” Police said once the officer had the episode, nearby officers started CPR and the medical director of the Albuquerque Fire Department was on scene and guided emergency procedures. The officer died at University of New Mexico Hospital.

Source: ABQ Journal