Funeral held for LAPD officer killed in training accident

Colleagues and friends gathered at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills on Wednesday to bid farewell to Los Angeles Police Department Officer Houston Ryan Tipping, who died after suffering a spinal cord injury during a training accident at the agency’s Elysian Park academy.

Tipping’s father fought back tears as he paid tribute to his son, publicly professing “how much I love my son, how proud I am of him.’”

“My son Houston was naturally kind,” he said. “He genuinely cared about people. He had the perfect character to be an LAPD officer.”

LAPD officers carry the casket of Officer Houston R. Tipping.

(Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times)

According to LAPD Chief Michel Moore, Tipping was “an officer who held such promise for this city.”

Tipping, 32, died May 29. He is…

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