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Oklahoma City police cadet dies after freak training accident

Kelley Chase, 38, suffered head trauma Friday and died Saturday after an accident during a self-defense training exercise, Capt. Dexter Nelson said.
by Juliana Keeping Modified: October 15, 2012 at 10:53 am •  Published: October 15, 2012

An Oklahoma City police cadet died after a freak accident during a routine police academy training exercise, police said.

Kelley Chase, 38, suffered head trauma on Friday, resulting in his death Saturday, police Capt. Dexter Nelson said. The accident happened during a police academy training session in self-defense, Nelson said Sunday. An internal investigation into the accident and death is ongoing.

Those in the legal community were quick to offer condolences.

In a Facebook post, District Attorney David Prater described Chase as a military veteran with two small children who had chosen a law enforcement career in order to spend more time with his family.

“Their job is very dangerous and training for the job involves dangerous activities that prepare cadets for the job they will face upon graduation from the academy,” Prater wrote. “Please keep this hero's family in your prayers and all of our OCPD family as well.”

Prater added via phone on Sunday that Chase was a registered organ donor.

“He even wanted to give after he died,” Prater said. has disabled the comments for this article.
by Juliana Keeping
Enterprise Reporter
Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award...
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