A Columbia, South Carolina police officer died Saturday after suffering cardiac arrest during SWAT team training.
Senior Police Officer (MPO) Tyrell Owens Riley suffered a medical emergency while conducting a Specialized Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) assessment with the Columbia Police Department (CPD), the police chief announced. of Columbia, WH “Skip” Holbrook.
“During the physical training portion of the assessment, DFO Owens Riley fell ill,” the CPD said in a statement.
Officer Riley was taken by emergency medical services to Providence Hospital where he suffered cardiac arrest and could not be saved.
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“A native of Columbia, DFO Owens Riley has served with CPD for the past 7 ½ years and was recently assigned as a Metro Area Patrol Officer. Prior to his law enforcement career with CPD, Owens Riley served with distinction in the United States Marine Corps,” CPD said.
Funeral arrangements are not finalized.
Riley’s mother Sauna Riley also posted the sad news on social media and asked people to respect their privacy.
“FB family, my heart is broken, but I just want to let you know that earlier today my eldest son Tyrell Owens-Riley passed away, my family and I are devastated by our loss, please keep my family in prayer during that we mourn and process our loss… Please don’t ask us what happened,” Sauna Riley said.
Tributes poured in after the death of Officer Tyrell Riley.
“Tonight we share the terribly painful news that #ColumbiaPDSC Senior Police Officer Tyrell Owens-Riley passed away today. We ask for thoughts and prayers for his family, friends and the CPD,” said the CPD.
“Our deepest condolences. Our hearts go out to Constable Owens-Riley’s family, the entire DPC team, and the Columbia community. We are here for you all,” University Police wrote. from South Carolina.
The official CPD Facebook page also updated its cover photo to honor Officer Riley.
No information is yet available on the cause of the medical emergency.
In October 2021, the number of municipal workers vaccinated in Columbia, South Carolina increased from approximately 50% to 72%, WLTX reported.
Since the announcement of the vaccination mandate for employees, the @CityofColumbia says the number of vaccinated employees has increased from 50% to 72%.
To date, 70% of CPD are vaccinated and CRFD is at 55%… The city aims to have everyone vaccinated by November 1st. @WLTX
—Julia Kauffman (@JuliaKauffmanTV) October 8, 2021
About 60% of the Columbia Fire Department is fully vaccinated and about 70% of the police department is, according to City Manager Teresa Wilson, WISTV reported.
“However, on [November 1, 2021] both of these departments and the entire workforce of the City of Columbia, which has more than 2,000 employees, will be on a vaccination mandate,” the outlet reported.
“We have to look at this strictly from a service delivery perspective in that we are civil servants working for an organization or a municipality to keep the water clean, have to keep the garbage collected, protect people, be the first stakeholders. So when you take that into account, the directive comes from that place. It’s not trying to infringe on your personal rights,” Wilson said.