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

When Chase hit the ground a final time, he did not get up. Nurses on standby at the training facility, 800 N Portland Ave., evaluated him. He was taken by ambulance to the hospital.

It's not uncommon for recruits to injure themselves over 28 weeks in academy, but this is the first time the training resulted in the loss of a cadet's life, Nelson said.

The other recruits were debriefed Monday and met with the police chaplain and other staff regarding the death. Officers wore black bands over their badges; department flags flew at half-staff.

Chase leaves behind a wife of four years and their two children, ages 2 and 3.

He hoped a career as a police officer would allow for more time with his family after a 15-year career in the Air Force, Nelson said. Chase left the Air Force in 2011; he had been stationed at Tinker Air Force Base.

Nelson said it's too early to say whether the incident will prompt training changes for future police academy classes. An internal investigation into the incident is ongoing, he said.

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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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