A California Highway Patrol officer died Wednesday evening in a motorcycle crash in south Sacramento, officials said.
The officer, 31-year-old Lucas Chellew, was taken to a nearby hospital, where he later died, the CHP said.
““My heart aches on this terribly tragic day for the CHP as we have lost a hero, who swore a sacred and honorable oath to serve and protect the people of California,” CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow said.
The crash happened around 5:45 p.m. near Stockton Boulevard and Fruitridge Road. Chellew was chasing suspect on eastbound Fruitridge Road when he crashed and lost control of his motorcycle.
First responders worked to keep Chellew alive and transported him to UC Davis Medical Center. CHP said Chellew died at 6:11 p.m.
Officers have shut down Fruitridge Road between Stockton Boulevard and 56th Street to drivers. The road is expected to be closed for hours.
Sacramento police are assisting the CHP in the investigation.
Chellew was a 8-year veteran of the CHP and was assigned to the south Sacramento division. He leaves behind a wife, a daughter and a son.
Chellew came from a family of CHP officers: his father is a retired CHP captain and his sister is a CHP officer.
Gov. Jerry Brown released a statement Wednesday night expressing his condolences:
“Anne and I join all Californians in offering our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Officer Chellew, who worked day and night to keep the people of California safe. Officer Chellew’s great courage and sacrifice will never be forgotten.”
No information has been released about the suspect involved in the pursuit.
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