LAPD officer killed in Beverly Hills traffic crash

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — A veteran Los Angeles police officer was killed and his rookie partner was critically injured when their patrol car collided with a big rig on a residential street. The truck driver also was injured.

Police Chief Charlie Beck said the Hollywood division officers were responding to a call of unknown trouble when the collision occurred about 8 a.m. Friday in an area of narrow, curving residential streets.

The circumstances of the crash are under investigation, and police hadn't released the names of those involved.

Beck said the injured officer and the truck driver will survive. He described the male officer who was killed as "extremely well-respected," and said the injured partner, a woman, graduated from the police academy just three months ago.

Beck said the truck was hauling a trash container and also carried a loader.

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