Off-duty L.A. County Sheriff’s deputy dies at his Santa Clarita home

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An off-duty Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy died Friday night at his home in Santa Clarita, officials reported.

Deputy Soo H. Kim is seen in a photo posted on the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Facebook page on Aug. 22, 2020.
Deputy Soo H. Kim is seen in a photo posted on the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page on Aug. 22, 2020.

Deputy Soo H. Kim was assigned to the Sheriff’s Department’s West Hollywood area, but he was at his home when he died, the department told KTLA.

The details surrounding Kim’s death were unknown.

Kim graduated from the L.A. County Sheriff’s Academy in 2012 and worked a variety of assignments including custody at the Pitchess Detention Center East Facility, Central Regional Detention Center, Pitchess Detention Center South Facility, Court Services at Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center Courthouse, Van Nuys Courthouse and patrol at the West Hollywood Station.

“Throughout his assignments, Deputy Kim was well liked and respected by many. He was known for his professionalism, warmhearted personality, and easy-going attitude. He always took pride in being a deputy sheriff, no matter what situation he was involved in without hesitation,” the Sheriff’s Department said in a Facebook post Saturday.

Law enforcement officers from the Sheriff’s Department and California Highway Patrol stood on the Valencia Boulevard overpass at Interstate 5 and saluted as a procession of patrol cars escorted Kim’s body to the L.A. County coroner’s office.

“As we mourn Deputy Soo H. Kim’s tremendous loss, this is a difficult time for our Department. Our hearts go out to the family, friends, and loved ones of Deputy Kim,” the LASD Facebook statement said.

Kim’s cause of death remains under investigation.

He is survived by his wife and their twin girls.

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