Drivers at a Los Alamitos intersection Friday caught a glimpse of the Long Beach Police Department honoring one of their own.
A LBPD motorcade escorted an ambulance carrying a retired officer, said Sgt. Aaron Eaton, a spokesman for the department.
“That was a retired officer, who was going into hospice,” Eaton said. “They were doing that out of respect to him. He was a former (LBPD) motor officer.”
Eaton did not identify the officer or the location of the hospice.
“In this particular case, there was no crime,” Eaton said. “It just happened to be an escort of a former police officer who was at the end of his life.”
At about 5:14 p.m. Rossmoor resident Dave Lara said he spotted the motorcade traveling east on Katella Avenue at the Los Alamitos Boulevard. He estimated about eight motorcycle surrounded the ambulance, and about 10 squad cars followed.
When Lara tipped Patch off about the incident, he said he was concerned an officer had been shot. Upon learning it was a police honor escort for a dying man, he called it a "nice touch” by the department.