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Grief hangs over department as LAPD mourns fallen officers
Grief hangs over department as LAPD mourns fallen officers

It was Friday afternoon when Los Angeles Police Cmdr. Andrew Smith noticed the voicemail, a message from a friend in the Fire Department. His friend was at the scene of a crash in Beverly Hills. "I'm really sorry to hear about the death of your officer," he said. Smith first thought it was an old message about Nicholas Lee, the LAPD officer killed two months ago when a dump truck smashed into his patrol car on winding Loma Vista Drive. But when Smith called back, he realized his friend was talking about a new accident — this one involving another out-of-control truck that slammed into the pickup of an off-duty detective just yards away from where Lee died. "I said, 'Oh man, it's...

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