LAPD grieves as 2 off-duty officers die within hours
By Ari Bloomekatz and Scott Glover
LOS ANGELES — A wave of grief washed over the Los Angeles Police Department on Sunday as news spread that two off-duty officers were killed just hours apart in separate traffic accidents on the 101 Freeway.
Detective Mike Selleh, 52, a Mission Division narcotics investigator, was riding his motorcycle to his second job as a movie set security guard when he was struck by a car during a dramatic, chain-reaction accident near the southbound Highland Avenue exit. The 3:20 a.m. accident, captured on video by a nearby photographer, resulted in a 13-vehicle pileup that spread debris over 2,000 feet and shut down the freeway for 11 hours.
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