SAPD officer receives 30-day unpaid suspension for killing pedestrian while en route to robbery call

Officer Aaron Klopp killed Claude Espinosa, 67

By Nicole Perez - Executive Producer

SAN ANTONIO - A San Antonio police officer who hit a pedestrian while speeding to respond to an aggravated robbery call was suspended for 30 days without pay, according to records obtained by the KSAT 12 Defenders.

Officer Aaron Klopp agreed to the discipline in August, and it was reduced from a proposed 45-day suspension.

The suspension agreement cited the accident on May 21 in which Klopp struck and killed Claude Espinosa, 67, in the 5400 block of San Pedro Avenue.

"Officer Klopp was driving in the center turn lane of San Pedro Avenue at a rate of speed of between 70-75 miles per hour. Officer Klopp failed to exercise reasonable care in the operation of his city vehicle, deviated from established driving practices, and was the major cause of the collision and death of the pedestrian who was standing in the center lane of San Pedro Avenue," the document said.

At the time of the accident, police said the impact threw Espinosa into the opposite lanes of traffic, where he was hit by another vehicle. Espinosa died at the scene.

Klopp will not begin serving the suspension term until Jan. 5, 2019. When he returns to work, he will be required to attend training and will be placed on administrative duty until Chief William McManus gives him a permanent assignment, the document said.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL SUSPENSION AGREEMENT

The San Antonio Police Department suspended eight other officers last month.

The San Antonio Fire Department suspended two deputies in August.

The Bexar County Sheriff's Office also suspended two deputies in the last month.

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