El Monte Police Chief Ben Lowry dies at 45


El Monte Police Chief Ben Lowry died Monday of unspecified “well being points,” division officers stated. He was 45.

“Our ideas and prayers are with the Lowry household throughout this troublesome time,” appearing Chief Jake Fisher stated in a launch. “We’re all at a loss and mourning a fantastic chief, man, husband, son, buddy, and colleague.”

Lowry, who had served as interim chief since December, was formally appointed to the publish in June.

That month, Lowry was confronted with the duty of main a police division rocked by the capturing deaths of two El Monte officers, Sgt. Michael Paredes and Officer Joseph Santana.

Lowry leads a procession on the June memorial service for El Monte’s fallen officers.

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“They left this world as valiant heroes,” Lowry stated at a June funeral for Paredes and Santana, who have been ambushed by a gunman in a motel room. “I’m not saying that due to how they died. I’m saying that for a way they lived.”

Lowry started his profession in 2000 with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Division earlier than transferring to the El Monte Police Division in 2002. Throughout his tenure with the division, he labored within the detective bureau, patrol division, and gang and narcotics unit, amongst different assignments.

A procession was held Monday afternoon to Forest Garden Covina Hills. Funeral and memorial preparations are anticipated to be introduced within the coming days.

The Covina, Pomona and San Bernardino police departments provided condolences on social media, as did Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis, who stated flags within the county have been to be lowered to half-staff in Lowry’s honor.

“His sudden loss leaves an enormous gap within the hearts of so many,” Solis stated on Twitter. “In a yr that has devastated the El Monte group and its police division, might we feature his legacy ahead in continued acts of public service.”

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