07/24/2012

Honolulu motorcycle officer killed in training

Chief: 'This is a time where we need to come together as a police department and support each other'

By PoliceOne Staff

HONOLULU — A Honolulu traffic officer died Monday after an accident during motor escort training.

Officers were training near Mililani District Park when a motorcycle ridden by Chad Morimoto, 39, "slid out from under him," Police Chief Louis Kealoha told KITV.

Morimoto was transported to the hospital, where he later died of critical injuries. He was an eight-year police veteran and became a motorcycle officer two years ago.

"This incident is a tragedy and it deeply affects to the core our Honolulu Police Department — both our sworn officers as well as our civilian employees," Kealoha said at a press conference. "This is a time where we need to come together as a police department and support each other."

The department is investigating the cause of the accident.

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