UPDATE: Metro Police officer dies from COVID-19; fund set up to support his family

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department confirmed Thursday that one of its officers died of complications from COVID-19.

Officer Jason Swanger passed away on June 24, according to a Metro news release and information from the Injured Police Officers Fund.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Swanger’s family right now,” Sheriff Joe Lombardo said. “We ask everyone to keep his family in their thoughts during this difficult time.”

Officer Swanger was a seven-year veteran with Metro. He was assigned to patrol at the Enterprise Area Command (EAC), where he was a Field Training Officer. Swanger began his career at EAC and worked in the South Central Area Command before returning to EAC.

“He was known as a devoted father and husband who went the extra mile for people in need and dedicated himself to policing to make a difference in other people’s lives,” according to Metro’s statement.

His death is considered to have occurred in the line of duty, Metro said.

A fund has been set up for his family. You can donate by CLICKING HERE.

This is the second known Metro officer death related to COVID-19. Lt. Erik Lloyd, former president of the IPOF, died last summer from COVID-19 complications.

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