Mysterious suicides of four Los Angeles Sheriff’s officers in 48 hours spark controversy

LA Sheriff Robert Luna.—NBC News
LA Sheriff Robert Luna.—NBC News

Tragedy struck the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department as four current or former employees were found dead last Monday and Tuesday, with the deaths being investigated as suicide.

The unrelated incidents include the death of a captain at his Saugus home early Monday morning, followed by a retired deputy being found dead in Antelope Valley the same day.

Additionally, a detention assistant, identified as a prison officer, was found dead in the Santa Clarita area on Monday. Early Tuesday, a deputy working at the jail was found unconscious at home, and was later pronounced dead at a Pomona hospital.

While all cases are considered suicide, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office has not yet confirmed the causes of death.

Out of respect for the families, the Sheriff’s Office has not released the names of the deceased. The department has expressed deep sorrow over the loss and stressed on the hurt feelings of the entire department family.

Sheriff Robert Luna spoke about the deep impact of losing not just one but four beloved members of his team, highlighting the collective struggle to deal with tragic events.

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