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Officer found to have drugs in system at time of death


Medical examiners from Harris County reported the detection of cocaine in the system of a UH Department of Public Safety officer killed over Christmas break.

Officer Ann O’Donnell, 24, died around 1 a.m. on Dec. 24 while responding to a possible assault on Scott Street. Houston police notified UHDPS that O’Donnell’s cruiser had crashed into a tree in the 4399 block of North MacGregor Way.

O’Donnell died while being transported to Ben Taub General Hospital.

In a statement released on Thursday, UH offials said, “It is routine practice for the University of Houston to conduct a thorough investigation after any serious incident. So, the university retained an outside consultant to review training, policy and management responses at UHDPS. That review of procedures has not been concluded.”

O’Donnell, who joined the department in 2009, was the first UH officer to die while in the line of duty.

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