Captain Dexter Nelson of the Oklahoma City Police Department announced Thursday that Officer Kelley Chase died last week as a result of a head injury. Chase, 38, was hours away from completing his 23-week Police Recruit Academy for the department when he was injured during his defensive tactics final examination. He hit his head on the protective training mat and did not get up. Medical personnel immediately evaluated Officer Chase and determined that he needed to be transported to a hospital.
Officer Chase was again evaluated at the hospital and taken into surgery that evening. Officer Chase died the following morning. It is not uncommon for police recruits to be injured during the academy training, but this is the first time that a recruit has died due to his injuries according to Chief Citty.
The investigation into Officer Chase’ death continues as the remaining recruits complete their training and prepare for graduation.
Chase served in the Air Force for 15 years and the Oklahoma City Police Department for 5 months. Officer Chase is survived by his wife of four years and two young children ages 2 and 3. He will never be forgotten for his service to his country and as he trained to serve his community. EOW: Saturday, October 13, 2012.
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