Sunday, November 12, 2023
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Mysterious suicides of four Los Angeles sheriff's officials in 48 hours spark controversy

While cases are treated as suicides, the LA County Medical Examiner's office has yet to confirm the causes

By
Web Desk
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 discovered dead last Monday and Tuesday, with the deaths being investigated as suicides. 

The incidents, unrelated to one another, include the death of a captain at his Saugus residence on Monday morning, followed by a retired deputy found dead in the Antelope Valley later that day. 

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

While all cases are treated as suicides, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner's office has yet to confirm the causes of death. 

Out of respect for the families, the sheriff's office has not disclosed the names of the deceased individuals. The department expressed deep sadness over the losses, emphasising the shockwaves of emotions experienced by the entire department family. 

Sheriff Robert Luna conveyed the profound impact of losing not just one but four beloved members of their team, highlighting the collective struggle to cope with the tragic events.