Oklahoma City Police Department continues to investigate recruit's death

Kelley Chase, 38, a father and military veteran, died Saturday after hitting his head during a routine police academy training accident Friday afternoon.
by Juliana Keeping Modified: October 15, 2012 at 9:33 pm •  Published: October 15, 2012

Kelley Chase, 38, was hours away from completing a police academy training course when his head hit the mat.

Chase would not get up again. The Oklahoma City police recruit and Air Force veteran was taken to a hospital Friday afternoon. He underwent surgery, was placed on life support and died Saturday morning.

Chase was working with an instructor on routine self-defense tactics when the freak accident happened, police said.

The state medical examiner will have to determine the exact cause the death, Capt. Dexter Nelson said Monday.

Forty-seven recruits in the police academy class began training in May, Nelson said. Each one passed an extensive physical exam.

At the time of the accident, Chase was undergoing a test on the last day of a two-week self-defense techniques course. During the six-minute rotation of simulated fights, he went to the ground several times with different instructors, hitting his head on a mat.

“They want to see if the person can work with a combatant over a period of time and be able to keep their wits about them,” Nelson said.

It's an exercise in specific tactics and endurance, but also restraint; recruits should use force, but not too much of it, as they try to handcuff an attacker.

The recruits do not wear helmets or other head gear during the exercises.


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by Juliana Keeping
Enterprise Reporter
Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. 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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