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Fatal LAPD Officer Crash: Suspect, Pursued Driver Knew Each Other

Investigators piecing together the car crash that killed a Los Angeles police officer Saturday believe the driver involved in the deadly collision is an acquaintance of the man the officer was pursuing when he was struck, sources told The Times.


LAPD Officer Roberto Sanchez was killed in a hit-and-run collision in Harbor City on May 3, 2014. (Credit: Los Angeles Police Department)

One source said the man arrested in the fatal crash was following the LAPD cruiser before the crash. Another source said there is no evidence he coordinated with the chase supect to hit the officer.

Mynor Enrique Varela, 20, was arrested Monday on suspicion of murder after detectives determined he was driving the Chevrolet Tahoe that broadsided a LAPD patrol car driven by Officer Roberto Sanchez.

The sources stressed the investigation was far from complete as detectives were still working to fully understand the events leading up to the fatal crash.

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