Officer II Houston Tipping
Devonshire Officer II Houston Tipping died Sunday, May 29, of catastrophic injuries suffered three days before in an on-duty training accident at the LAPD Academy, according to the LAPD.
He was 32, with 5 years of City service.
“At the time of the accident, Officer Tipping was a bike instructor engaged in a training scenario involving grappling with another Officer,” according to a statement by the LAPD. “During the scenario, Officer Tipping fell to the floor and suffered a catastrophic spinal cord injury. Officers immediately began CPR and summoned an LA Fire rescue, who transported Officer Tipping to USCMC. Despite the extraordinary measures taken by the medical professionals there, Officer Tipping succumbed to his injuries earlier today surrounded by his family.”
Officer Tipping was the 238th LAPD officer to die in the line of duty in the department’s history.
In his honor, flags at the State Capitol were flown at half-staff.
The Club sends its condolences to the family, friends and fellow law enforcement co-workers of Officer Tipping.