OKLAHOMA CITY OK June 29 2012 - A Jenks police officer died Wednesday morning in an Oklahoma City hospital after falling ill the day before at Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics training, authorities said.
Juan Legarreta, 27, had been with the Jenks Police Department about a year, Police Chief Cameron Arthur said.
The state Medical Examiner’s Office will determine a cause of death, spokeswoman Amy Elliott said.
“Great officer, fabulous officer,” said Arthur, adding that Legarreta was fluent in English and Spanish. “He could shift gears really well, deal with the public. He was kind of a natural, a real people person. It’s just a shocking and devastating loss.”
Applying for a job with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control, Legarretta was part of a small group of applicants taking a physical fitness Tuesday, said Mark Woodward, spokesman with the OBNDD.
Legarretta told an instructor he wasn’t feeling well and was taken indoors, never improving after being transported to the hospital, Woodward said.
“It’s just very, very sad,” he said.