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LA County Sheriff's deputy dies months after being left critically injured in training accident

LASD deputy dies months after being critically injured during training accident in Castaic
LASD deputy dies months after being critically injured during training accident in Castaic 00:54

A Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy has died six months after an apparent explosion and fire on a training range at the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic.

Alfredo "Freddy" Flores was left severely injured following the incident on Oct. 10, 2023, and was among two sheriff's deputies that were taken to a hospital in Valencia after equipment they were using malfunctioned, resulting in a massive fire and explosion, according to Joe A. Nunez, an attorney for the Flores family. 

Both, veterans of law enforcement, had been said to be in critical but stable condition immediately after the accident. Two others suffered minor injuries. 

Nunez, said that Flores died Saturday after he fought for his life after sustaining severe injuries in the line of duty. 

"It is with heavy hearts and profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Alfredo "Freddy" Flores who valiantly fought for his life after sustaining severe injuries in the line of duty. Freddy was an amazing and loving husband, father, son, and brother," said a statement issued by Nunez on Sunday. 

"He loved working for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and dedicated his life to serving and protecting our community. While law enforcement officers and their families are acutely aware of the inherent risks associated with the position, nothing could have prepared us for his untimely departure due to injuries sustained stemming from the malfunction of equipment during a training drill. Freddy's loss is a devastating blow, and we are struggling to come to terms with this unimaginable tragedy. We thank the community for their support during this incredibly difficult time."

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In a statement, the LASD said it was devastated over the death of Flores, adding: 

"We lost a valued member of our Department who served his community for 22 years with dedication and pride. Deputy Flores worked many assignments throughout his tenure in the Department and touched many lives through his work at North County Correctional Facility, Altadena Station, and Court Services West Bureau. He was well-respected in the Department and in the community and his passing will leave a huge void in the hearts of many who knew him. Our continued thoughts and prayers are with the Flores family, friends, and colleagues during this tragic time."

California Gov. Gavin Newsom also issued a statement to offer his condolences to Flores' family. 

"Jennifer and I join the Los Angeles community in grieving the profound loss of Deputy Sheriff Flores, who demonstrated unwavering dedication and bravery in his service to our state," Newsom's statement said. "Our heartfelt condolences are with his loved ones, friends and colleagues. Deputy Flores' legacy will continue to inspire us all."

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