California cop’s demise linked to ‘fentanyl toxicity,’ coroner says

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A San Jose police officer died in March attributable to “fentanyl toxicity,” coroner’s officers have confirmed. 

De’Jon Packer, 24-year-old a rookie with the San Jose Police Division and a former operating again, was discovered unresponsive March 13 throughout a welfare test at his Milpitas house.

San Jose police officer De'Jon Packer. 

San Jose police officer De’Jon Packer. 
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The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner’s confirmed to KNTV on Saturday that Packer died of a drug overdose. The demise stays beneath investigation by Milpitas police.

San Jose police Chief Anthony Mata mentioned his division doesn’t condone drug use and is cooperating with the Milpitas investigation.

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Mata mentioned the police division has scheduled substance abuse prevention coaching for personnel and is providing emotional assist providers for officers.

“We need to be mindful of the fact that we are not immune to issues that plague society, in this case substance abuse. As humans we are not perfect, and mistakes will be made,” Mata mentioned. “Any allegation of illegal drug use by a San Jose Police officer is concerning. There are no free passes for police officers, and we will not make excuses.”

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Packer was a star operating again at San Jose State College earlier than changing into a police officer.

“We all loved DeJon Packer and we will miss his infectious smile,” SJSU soccer coach Brent Brennan mentioned in a press release.

The Related Press contributed to this report.  

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