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John Gasparyan, an off-duty Los Angeles Police Department officer and Canyon Country resident, died when his motorcycle crashed in Porter Ranch around 6:50 p.m. Thursday.

Gasparyan, 34, collided with a white sedan that was making a U-turn near the intersection of Tampa Avenue and Chatsworth Street, according to LAPD officials.

Gasparyan was gravely injured, and pronounced dead at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills.

The driver of the sedan remained at the scene and cooperated with first responders and investigators, officials said. The cause of the crash remained under investigation.

LAPD badge mourning“Tonight will be tough — we tragically lost a @LAPDVTD Officer to an off-duty traffic collision. Keep his family in your thoughts and prayers,” LAPD Chief Charlie Beck tweeted at 11:31 p.m.

“It is an awfully sad evening here for the Los Angles Police Department,” LAPD spokesman Josh Rubenstein told reporters Thursday night.

Gasparyan was a traffic collision investigator stationed at LAPD’s Valley Traffic Division.

“Our hearts are heavy today as we remember one of our own who dedicated himself to keeping our streets safe. “John is a champion,” read a tweet from the station this morning at 7:13.

Gasparyan, a resident of the Fair Oaks neighborhood in Canyon Country, was married with a 6-year-old daughter, officials said.

He would have turned 35 on October 12.

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  1. Kim Wickers Kim Wickers says:

    Prayers to his family and friends and Dept.,R.I.P. Thank You for your service.

  2. Sue Jacobs Sue Jacobs says:

    So sad my heartfelt prayers to the family 🙏🏻

  3. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  4. Angel Reyes Angel Reyes says:

    This is without a doubt sad, but I just can’t help to think how fast he was going on his motorcycle I mean they didn’t mention that, if this person was not a police officer they would probably mention that fact. Sad either way but c’mon most motorists drive pretty freaken fast Karla Love-Reyes what you think

  5. Prayers and condolences to the family! Thank you for your service Officer Gasparyan.

  6. Linda Durst Linda Durst says:

    :( Prayers for the family.

  7. Very sad. Condolences to the family

  8. Michael Fox Michael Fox says:

    Thank you for your service and sacrifice lots of prayers for the family and co workers

  9. So sad. Everyone drives too fast and usually on their cell phones. RIP Officer

  10. R.I.P BROTHER. May your soul rest in heaven and God be with your family.

  11. Carol Fleming says:

    So sorry to hear this. Prayers to his loved ones.

  12. Rich King Rich King says:

    Drivers in the valley (really everywhere) are getting worse. A u turn and probably didnt look. No doubt theyll look from now on

  13. 😢😢🙏🙏 for your family!

  14. RIP – thank you for your service and prayers for your loved ones.

  15. Lisa Messerly says:

    So very sorry to hear this sad news!! My father was also a motor officer for Valley Traffic Division, killed in the line of duty 10/22/92. I know this pain all to well! May God bless and comfort his family through this difficult time!! 😰

  16. RIP. Thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  17. May this officer R.I.P. and his Family And Friends have strength and peace as they go through such a loss amen.

  18. Horrible I live in Santa Clarita and I am the widow of an LAPD MOTOR COP!! Thoughts and prayers to his family RIP.

  19. Thoughts and prayers to his family and friends. Thank you for his service.

  20. Janet White Janet White says:

    Amen. Prayers to his family and fellow officers. Just lost CHP officer off duty by a driver that crossed yellow double lane!

  21. Greg Brown Greg Brown says:

    Very sad. RIP and GodSpeed.

  22. Shelly Keith Shelly Keith says:

    All our love and prayers

  23. Prayers for his wife and young daughter, very sad time for them.

  24. 😭😭😭 Prayers to his family, friends and the PD 💙💙 RIP sir 🙏🏻🙏🏻

  25. 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 for loved ones

  26. Susie Spain Susie Spain says:

    RIP, Prayers for Family & Friends

  27. Lidia Del Real says:

    My condolences to the officer’s family 🙏🏼

  28. Lidia Del Real says:

    🙏🏼

  29. RIP Sir. Thank you for serving and protecting us. Praying for your family.

  30. Hilary Blaha Hilary Blaha says:

    Prayers for his family!

  31. God rest your soul 😢

  32. I met this officer. Very competent and stand up guy. A real loss for the LAPD and his family.

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