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Police cadet's death prompts training changes

October 24, 2012
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Police cadet's death prompts training changes

Protective gear supplied after a cadet suffered fatal injuries while working on self-defense tactics

By PoliceOne Staff 

OKLAHOMA CITY —  A police recruit who died during training died from "head trauma, blunt force," according to medical reports.

Kelley Chase, 38, suffered the fatal injuries while working with an instructor on routine self-defense tactics and died the next day, KOCO Eyewitness News 5 reported.

Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty reviewed a video that showed Chase fall to a mat during the training Oct. 14 and hit his head.

"It wasn't very aggressive," Citty told KOCO Eyewitness News 5. "He actually got up to his knees. He then lied down, and then this happened."

Citty stated that nothing looks criminal, but internal affairs is investigating.  A new policy now requires that cadets wear protective head gear in the self-defense course.

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