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An Austin police officer died of COVID-19, interim police chief Joseph Chacon announced on Wednesday; this marks the first death among Austin officers since the start of the pandemic.


APD was notified by Chacon that Senior Patrol Officer Randolph Boyd died early Wednesday morning. Boyd was one of two officers in the hospital Wednesday with COVID-19 complications.

"Randy was a great officer who gave everything he had for a life of service," Chacon said. "Despite the surging pandemic, officers have continued to put their lives on the line, showing up to serve the Austin community while placing themselves in harm's way."

While a first for Austin, police officers have died more from COVID-19 in 2020 and 2021 than any other cause, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

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