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Police Officer Derrick Christopher Connor | Los Angeles Police Department, California Los Angeles Police Department, California

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Derrick Christopher Connor

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch: Monday, December 12, 1988

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: 1 year, 6 months

Badge # 25472

Cause: Automobile accident

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Officer Derrick Connor, Officer Manuel Gutierrez, and Officer David Hofmeyer were killed in an automobile accident while responding to backup detectives making an auto-theft arrest in downtown Los Angeles. The two patrol cars the officers were riding in collided at an intersection. A fourth officer in Officer Hofmeyer's patrol car suffered a broken neck but survived.

Officer Connor had served with the agency for 18 months. He was survived by his parents, son, brother and three sisters.

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Derrick, I know how you came to be seated in that car with Manny that night--it was becuase I took the night off to go to a party!

I am so sorry my brother--you were a great guy! Each year at this time I am huanted by this night. You were a brave, easy going, and embodied the future of what the LAPD was becoming (for the better).

I miss each of you my brother--I still wear my memorial band to this day for each of you. It does not seem like 24 years have passed.

Rest in peace my brother--

John E. Smith #24687
Los Angeles Police Dept.-RETIRED
December 10, 2012

 

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