LAPD officer killed in motorcycle crash

The crash prompted a partial closure of several streets near the scene. John Gasparyan, 34, was part of the LAPD's Valley Traffic Division. He had been on the force for 10 years.
The crash prompted a partial closure of several streets near the scene. John Gasparyan, 34, was part of the LAPD's Valley Traffic Division. He had been on the force for 10 years.
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An off-duty Los Angeles police officer was killed Thursday night in a motorcycle crash that happened just before 7 p.m. in Porter Ranch, near the intersection of Tampa and Chatsworth.

The crash prompted a partial closure of several streets near the scene.

John Gasparyan, 34, was part of the LAPD's Valley Traffic Division. He had been on the force for 10 years. 

"We don't know how it went down right now," said LAPD spokesman Josh Rubenstein to KPCC media partner NBC 4. "Our crash investigation team is out here trying to piece together everything. We do know that it happened at this corner here and that it appears to be a tragic accident." 

Authorities believe Gasparyan collided with a driver making a U-turn. He was taken to a hospital where he later died. The driver immediately stopped and has cooperated with authorities.

Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact the LAPD Devonshire Station.