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LAPD loses first officer due to coronavirus

Erica McAdoo was 39

OW Staff Writer | 7/9/2020, midnight

Flags at the state Capitol were flown at half-staff through sunset Tuesday in honor of a Los Angeles Police Department senior detention officer who died from the coronavirus.

Erica McAdoo, 39, who was assigned to the Custody Services Division, died late Friday from complications related to the coronavirus, department officials said. She is believed to be the first LAPD officer to die after contracting COVID-19.

There were 287 LAPD employees at home after having been exposed to or had tested positive for COVID-19, the department reported on July 4.

Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a statement that he and his wife Jennifer Siebel Newsom “were extremely saddened to learn of the death of Senior Detention Officer Erica McAdoo, who lost her courageous fight with COVID-19. Our thoughts are with her family, friends, and her LAPD colleagues as they mourn her untimely passing.’’

McAdoo is survived by her mother, Donna Royston.