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Published on April 22, 2024
Los Angeles County Mourns as Deputy Freddy Flores Dies After Training Exercise InjurySource: Facebook/Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy who sustained severe injuries during a training exercise last October has succumbed to his wounds, it was confirmed Sunday. Deputy Alfredo "Freddy" Flores fought for his life over several months following a fire that broke out at the Pitchess Detention Center's mobile shooting range, his lawyer Joe A. Nunez stated, as reported by KTLA.

Flores, who dedicated 22 years of service to the Sheriff's Department, passed away on Saturday night. "Freddy valiantly fought for his life after sustaining severe injuries in the line of duty," Nunez said, representing the Flores family. The tragic incident which led to his death occurred due to "the malfunction of equipment during a training drill," Nunez added. Despite the awareness of the risks associated with the job, Freddy's loss is described as a "devastating blow" by his attorney, KTLA reported.

Flores was praised as a "well-respected" member of the department by L.A. County Sheriff Robert Luna. "We lost a valued member of our department who served his community for 22 years with dedication and pride," stated Sheriff Luna, through a message shared by the official department Facebook page. Flores served across multiple assignments, including the North County Correctional Facility and most recently, the Sylmar Juvenile Court.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department mourns the profound loss, affirming that Flores' legacy shall be remembered by the department and community alike. In the wake of the tragedy, LASD's Psychological Services Bureau is extending support to the bereaved family. Left to honor his memory are Freddy’s wife, children, and parents, all of whom stand with a legion of friends and colleagues deeply affected by the loss, according to statements obtained by KTLA. The nature of the fire that caused the fatal injuries has been described as stubborn, complicated by unexploded ammunition which challenged the efforts of county fire crews before it was contained.