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Condolences are sent for LAPD officer killed in collision

Condolences are sent for LAPD officer killed in collision

Condolences poured in Saturday for Los Angeles Police Department officer Roberto Sanchez as questions lingered about the early-morning automobile collision that killed the 32-year-old policeman and critically injured his patrol partner.

"Once again our hearts are broken," Los Angeles Police Protective League president Tyler Izen said in a statement on behalf of all members of the union representing LAPD officers. "Today the world has lost a true hero."

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In Sacramento, Capitol flags flew at half-staff.

"Californians will not forget Officer Sanchez's service to his community and the sacrifice of the family he's left behind," Gov. Jerry Brown said in a statement.

Officer Sanchez, a six-year veteran of the force who lived in Santa Ana, was on patrol in Harbor City early Saturday, police said. As he and his partner followed a car making a U-turn, their vehicle was slammed on the driver's side by an oncoming SUV.

The driver of the SUV fled on foot, but a "person of interest" was detained by police shortly thereafter, said LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith. No arrests have been made.

Officer Sanchez was the third LAPD officer to be killed in a collision since March.

Another LAPD officer also died overnight, due to a medical condition.

"This is a hard time for the LAPD family having lost two dedicated and well-liked officers in the last 24 hours," Izen said.

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