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Buena Park officer dies following training exercise

Officer Daniel Ackerman, 31, is shown in this file photo provided by the Buena Park Police Department. Ackerman died Saturday, July 30, 2011 after he was injured during a SWAT training exercise Friday, July 29, 2011. The cause of his death was under investigation.

July 30, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Buena Park officer who was critically injured in a training exercise Friday died at a hospital on Saturday.

Officer Daniel Ackerman, 31, was participating in a SWAT physical training exercise at about 8 a.m. Friday when he showed signs of exertion and was rushed to St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton in critical condition.

Authorities said Ackerman, a Tustin resident, died at 3:40 a.m. Saturday.

Ackerman joined the Buena Park Police Department as a police explorer in October 1995. He became a reserve police officer in April 2001 and was hired as a full-time police officer in June 2005. He is survived by his mother, sister, daughter and extended family.

Authorities said the Orange County Coroner will investigate the cause of Ackerman's death.