Chief Art Acevedo of the Austin Police Department, sadly reports the death of Officer Amir Abdul-Khaliq.
Officer Abdul-Khaliq, 46, succumbed to injuries he sustained four days earlier in an on duty patrol motorcycle vs. vehicle crash.
Officer Abdul-Khaliq along with other officers of the Police Department’s Motor Unit, were escorting a funeral procession through the city. Officers were blocking intersections allowing the funeral procession to pass through traffic.
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As Officer Abdul-Khaliq was passing along the side of the funeral procession, a vehicle driven by a 51 year old female, made a left turn through the funeral procession and into the path of Officer Abdul-Khaliq’s motor unit. Officer Abdul-Khaliq was unable to avoid a collision and struck the vehicle. As a result of the collision, Officer Abdul-Khaliq was thrown from the motorcycle and onto the pavement. He sustained critical injuries in the crash.
Senior Police Officer Amir Abdul-Khaliq
Austin Police Department, Texas
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Officer Abdul-Khaliq was transported to the University Medical Center Brackenridge for emergency treatment of his injuries. He remained in the intensive care unit in critical condition until his condition worsened and he died.
The driver of the vehicle causing the crash was cited for improper left turn through a funeral procession and fail to yield to an emergency vehicle. Authorities stated that additional charges are being sought by the police department through the prosecutor’s office due to Officer Abdul-Khaliq’s death.
Officer Abdul-Khaliq served the Austin Police Department for seventeen years. Most of his service time was with the Motor Unit of the Patrol Division. He had recently been assigned to the Department’s Highway Enforcement Command within the Motor Unit. Prior to serving with the Police Department, Officer Abdul-Khaliq served in the U. S. Marine Corps. He is survived by his wife and five children.
Officer Amir Abdul-Khaliq- gone, but never forgotten. EOW: Sunday, September 4, 2016.
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