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LAX Police Officer Killed as Stolen Patrol Car Drags Him
He strikes a hydrant while trying to regain control of the cruiser from the suspect. Authorities arrest a homeless man.
April 30, 2005|Hector Becerra and Jennifer Oldham | Times Staff Writers
LAX Police Officer Killed as Stolen Patrol Car Drags Him
He strikes a hydrant while trying to regain control of the cruiser from the suspect. Authorities arrest a homeless man.
April 30, 2005|Hector Becerra and Jennifer Oldham | Times Staff Writers
A Los Angeles International Airport police officer was killed Friday after a pedestrian commandeered his patrol car and dragged him down the road, over a curb and into a fire hydrant.

Authorities allege that 46-year-old William Sadowski, a transient known to live in Venice, crashed the cruiser and then hijacked a passing SUV, which he maneuvered over a security gate and onto airport property.

Officer Tommy Scott’s death is the first in the 59-year history of the close-knit airport Police Department, which patrols the sprawling facility. Colleagues described Scott as a friendly person who relished helping passengers navigate the airport.

“He always had a smile,” said Officer Dennis Lau, who works in the force’s dignitary protection unit. “He always had something good to say.”