Sergeant Alfonso Lopez was responding to an assistance request of a stolen vehicle pursuit today, Monday, October 24, 2016, when he collided into a fence at the intersection of Willowbrook Avenue and Myrrh Street in Compton. With his friends by his side, performing life saving measures to save his life, Sergeant Lopez passed away at St. Francis Medical Center.
Sergeant Lopez began his career with the Sheriff’s Department on January 5, 1990. During his 26 years of service, he held various assignments that included Court Services, East Los Angeles Station and Special Victim’s Bureau.
In November of last year, he promoted to the rank of sergeant and was currently assigned to Compton Station.
Dear colleague and faithful friend, thank you for your service and friendship. We will all dearly miss you.
Sheriff Jim McDonnell writes:
“Our condolences are with the family of Sergeant Al Lopez and the entire Compton Station family during this difficult time. A tremendous loss for all of us at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.”
Statement from Attorney Gen. Kamala Harris:
“On behalf of the California Department of Justice, I extend my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Al Lopez, who lost his life in the line of duty today. Sergeant Al Lopez served his community with bravery and dedication and we will never forget his sacrifice. We also extend condolences to Sheriff Jim McDonnell and the men and women who he served alongside at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.”
Original press release:
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department have learned that on Monday, October 24, 2016, at approximately 5:20 AM Compton Station personnel were involved in a pursuit of a stolen vehicle suspect. The Sergeant who was assigned to Compton Sheriff’s Station was responding to assist with the pursuit.
While in pursuit, the Sergeant was involved in a single vehicle traffic collision in the intersection of Myrrh Street and Williowbrook Avenue, city of Compton.
Compton Station personnel responded to the Sergeant’s location when they noticed he was unconscious and non-responsive. Deputies began cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) prior to Compton Fire Department’s arrival. When Compton Fire Department arrived the sergeant was still unconscious and non-responsive.
The Sergeant was transported to a local hospital where he passed away.
There is no suspect information, nor any additional information at this time.