SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – The sudden death of rookie San Jose police officer De’Jon Packer, whose body was discovered inside his Milpitas home in March, was the result of ‘fentanyl toxicity’, the coroner revealed Saturday.
The news sent shockwaves through the San Jose Police Department, which said goodbye to the beloved 24-year-old at an emotional memorial service last month.
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“The full details of Officer Packer’s death are not yet known and are being investigated by the Milpitas Police Department and they have our full cooperation,” San Jose Police Chief Anthony Mata said in a press release. . “This behavior is not something that
sorry, and we will continue to assist Milpitas PD with his investigation.”
Milpitas police have not released any details of their investigation or the circumstances that led to Packer’s death.
“Any allegation of illegal drug use by a San Jose police officer is concerning,” Mata said in his statement. “There is no free pass for police officers and we will not make excuses. When a police officer violates the public’s trust, on or off duty, I will hold him accountable… The public demands and expects ethical behavior, responsibility and professionalism from everyone who wears the uniform.”
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Mata also said the department will make bereavement counselors available to its officers and reinforce the importance of participating in wellness programs.
“We have already scheduled substance abuse prevention skills training for our people, not just for themselves, but also to recognize the signs for those around us and how to get help,” he said. “We will not waver in keeping our officers well, not just physically but emotionally.”
A San Jose native and a graduate of Gunderson High School, Packer played two seasons at San Jose City College before playing for the Spartans at SJSU.
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Over his three seasons at San Jose State, Packer played 26 games and scored the winning touchdown in 2019 against Arkansas, the team’s first win against an SEC opponent.