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WATCH: Funeral of Los Angeles police officer who died in training accident

ByJanice K. Merrill

Jun 22, 2022

NORTHRIDGE, CA – The Los Angeles Police Department held a funeral service on Wednesday for Officer Houston Tipping, who died May 29 after sustaining a spinal cord injury during a training exercise.

The service was scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Hall of Liberty at Forest Lawn in Hollywood Hills, located at 6300 Forest Lawn Drive. Watch the CBS Los Angeles service live.

Tipping, 32, was acting as a bike instructor for a training scenario that involved him battling another Elysian Park Academy officer. Tipping fell to the ground and injured his spinal cord, according to an LAPD statement. Nearby officers performed CPR and the Los Angeles Fire Department was transported to LA-USC County Medical Center.

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The department has scheduled a procession on June 3 to escort Tipping’s body from the Los Angeles County + USCM Medical Center to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s facility.

Tipping was very outgoing and one of the most productive officers in the station, said Lt. Nemechek of the Devonshire Community Police Station. Many young officers have turned to Tipping for advice and mentorship, Nemechek said.

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“A bright and uplifting young man with a full life ahead of him. Heartbreak, heartache and sadness,” LAPD Chief Michel Moore said in a tweet.

The department has opened an investigation into the training accident, according to an LAPD statement.

Tipping is survived by his mother, Shirley; father, Richard; sister, Kathleen; brother, Tyler; grandfather, LeRoy; and grandmothers, Peggy, Kathleen and Lynn, according to the department.

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