Crime & Justice

Man arrested in alleged murder of LAPD officer in fatal hit-and-run

Two onlookers stare south on Anaheim Street in Harbor City Saturday, May 3, 2014 as LAPD investigators continue gathering evidence from the scene of a traffic collision that killed one officer.
Two onlookers stare south on Anaheim Street in Harbor City Saturday, May 3, 2014 as LAPD investigators continue gathering evidence from the scene of a traffic collision that killed one officer.
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Two onlookers stare south on Anaheim Street in Harbor City Saturday, May 3, 2014 as LAPD investigators continue gathering evidence from the scene of a traffic collision that killed one officer.
SUV and LAPD vehicles on Anaheim Street at President following the fatal hit-and-run of LAPD officer Roberto Sanchez on Saturday, May 3, 2014.
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Two onlookers stare south on Anaheim Street in Harbor City Saturday, May 3, 2014 as LAPD investigators continue gathering evidence from the scene of a traffic collision that killed one officer.
LAPD investigators at the scene of a hit-and-run collision on Anaheim Street in Harbor City on Saturday, May 3, 2014.
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The Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery Homicide Division arrested a Los Angeles man Tuesday in connection with a hit-and-run that left an officer dead and another officer hospitalized Saturday.

RELATED: LAPD Officer Roberto Sanchez killed in Harbor City area hit-and-run; another hospitalized

Police arrested 20-year-old L.A. resident Mynor Enrique Varela on suspicion of murder Tuesday.

The hit-and-run occurred at Anaheim Street and President Avenue when officer Roberto Sanchez and his partner Richard Medina were pursuing a speeding car that suddenly made a U-turn. The officers also made a U-turn, at which point a Chevrolet Tahoe struck the driver's side of the patrol car. 

Sanchez died at a nearby hospital of his injuries and Medina suffered a broken jaw and was released from the hospital Monday. 

RELATED: LAPD officer injured in hit-and-run released from hospital

Varela is being held without bail.

LAPD spokesman Officer Drake Madison said the person arrested was in the Chevy Tahoe but it’s not determined whether he was the driver. 

Police are continuing to investigate the crash.