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Stockton Police Officer Involved In May Crash Dies

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STOCKTON (CBS13) – The Stockton Police Department has announced that a police officer involved in the May 28 crash along El Dorado Street has died.

Officer Scott Hewell, 33, was one of two officers inside of a squad car that crashed in the early morning accident. The two were responding to assist in a shots-fired call. For an unknown reason, while en route to the scene, their car drove into the center median and into a tree.

Both of the officers had to be cut of the patrol car by firefighters.

Wednesday, Stockton Police announced that Hewell succumbed to his injuries six days after he had been released from the hospital to recover at home.

Dozens of fellow Stockton officers, as well as California Highway Patrol officers an San Joaquin County deputies joined with representatives from nearby departments to pay their respects to Hewell.

“We’re shocked; we’re grieving; we’re trying to make sense of everything,” said Chief Eric Jones.

According to a post on the department’s Facebook page, Hewell was sworn in back on Sept. 4, 2012. The Stockton Police Department was Hewell’s first assignment after graduating from the Sacramento Police Department Basic Academy.

Hewell was also a graduate of San Francisco State University.

The suspect, Jimmy Turner, was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon. A deputy district attorney says it’s unlikely Hewell’s death will result in new charges against Turner, because the link between the alleged crime and the officer’s death aren’t strong enough.

Services for Hewell will be held on Thursday, June 19 at 10 a.m. at the Christian Life Center located at 4303 Christian Life Way in Stockton.

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