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LAPD officer mortally wounded during exercise is laid to rest by family and law enforcement

On an overcast day in Los Angeles on Wednesday, the sun shone brightly over the Mosaic Deck of Forest Lawn Liberty Hall in the Hollywood Hills for hours as LAPD Officer Houston Ryan Tipping was buried.

Tipping, a five-year veteran of the force, died on May 29, days after working on an exercise at Elysian Park Academy in a scenario involving another officer. During the exercise, Tipping fell to the floor and suffered a spinal injury.

Tipping served in the Devonshire Division, patrolling the area while also working as a bicycle instructor.

His father, Richard, entered the service on Wednesday the day his son approached him about joining the LAPD. He said he had no doubts about his son’s decision to leave the family company and, in fact, knew that this was where he would fit in best.

“My son Houston was naturally kind,” Richard said. “He genuinely cared about people. He had the perfect temperament for an LAPD officer.”

Chief Michel Moore supported Tipping’s directness during his service, stating that good character is a quality that cannot be taught in any academy. “It takes family, it takes your fellow officers… it takes a community of friends,” Moore said.

Richard recalled his son complaining about his lack of friends before joining the army, which his father liked at the time because it meant spending more time together – usually outdoor hunting. But looking at the crowd on Wednesday, he said he finds comfort in the outpouring of support his son has received.

Richard said that after his first day at work, his son had more than a few dozen new “brothers and sisters.”

“Now I look at all your faces, at your uniform, and I see my son,” he said.

As Tipping’s coffin was folded and “Amazing Grace” was sung by the bagpipes, a light rain fell over the service.

Mayor Eric Garcetti drew attention to the strange weather, saying it was unlike anything he had ever seen.

“On the way to camp this morning, I told my daughter to count the seconds between lightning and thunder to determine how far it was, but we didn’t hear a sound,” Garcetti said. “It was like a small miracle from heaven.”

The Los Angeles Defense League, a union representing LAPD officers, said in a statement, “He enjoyed serving in the police force and his friends and family remember him for the way he loved and made people laugh.”

According to the LAPD, the Chaevs are survived by his parents, Richard and Shirley, stepfather Bob, his siblings Kat and Tyler, and his girlfriend Brittany.

“Officer Tipping, we will operate from here until we see each other again,” Moore said.

Moore had previously said the department was investigating the accident to prevent similar tragedies from happening again.

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