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Union: California deputy dies of injuries from 1994 shooting

February 9, 2018

This undated photo provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department shows Deputy Steven Belanger. Officials say Belanger has died Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 as a result of injuries suffered when he was shot in the head 24 years ago. Belanger was 29 years old when he was struck by gunfire during a traffic stop in December, 1994. The bullet lodged in his brain and could not be removed. His funeral is Thursday, Feb. 8. (Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department via AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A police union says a former Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy has died from injuries suffered when he was shot in the head 24 years ago.

Deputy Steven Belanger was 29 when he was hit by gunfire during a traffic stop in December 1994. The bullet lodged in his brain and couldn’t be removed.

The Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs says Belanger died Tuesday at age 52. The union says Belanger’s retirement, ongoing health issues and death were all related to the shooting.

At Belanger’s funeral Thursday, Sheriff Jim McDonnell said the deputy was wounded “simply doing his job, stopping someone who posed a threat to our community.”

McDonnell says Belanger made a memorable and lasting difference.

The man who shot Belanger killed himself later the same day.

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