A Los Angeles Police Department officer died Wednesday from injuries he sustained when he was struck by a vehicle while doing traffic control in South Los Angeles.
Jose Anzora, was struck about 7:30 p.m. Friday while outside his vehicle near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Trinity Street, police said.
Anzora was taken to a hospital in serious condition following the crash.
The department announced Anzora’s death in a statement Wednesday, saying he died following a “heroic battle for his life.”
“Today we lost a guardian & protector,” LAPD Chief Michel Moore tweeted. “Officer Jose Anzora served for nearly a decade. He tragically lost his life in the selfless service in the communities in South L.A.
“Our gratitude to the medical professionals who fought so hard to save his life. May God welcome him home.”
Anzora worked for the LAPD since 2011, according to the department. Moore authorized department personnel to wear mourning bands to memorialize the officer, LAPD said.
“This is such a tragedy and words cannot express the loss to all,” said Eileen Decker, president of the Board of Police Commissioners. “We thank him for his service to our City of Angels and may he rest in peace.”
The driver who struck Anzora remained on scene after the crash and was cooperating with police, police said.
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