Convicted Policeman Hospitalized After Reported Suicide Attempt
MIAMI (AP) _ A suspended Hispanic policeman convicted of manslaughter in the deaths of two black men was listed in stable condition today after a reported suicide attempt.
William Lozano, 30, was rushed to Coral Reef Hospital on Tuesday night, said hospital President Kenneth Sample. Hospital officials refused to give further details beyond the condition officer’s condition.
The emergency call came in to police as an attempted suicide, but it was unclear what was wrong with Lozano, Metro-Dade police spokeswoman Myriam Royle said. Police and rescue units who went to his home found him awake, she said.
Lozano in January 1989 fatally shot an unarmed motorcyclist fleeing from police. The biker’s passenger died in the resulting crash, and the deaths touched off three days of rioting in Miami’s black neighborhoods.
The Miami police officer testified he thought the motorcyclist was trying to run him down. Lozano was convicted and sentenced in January to seven years in prison but is free on bail while on appeal.
The officer’s mother; older brother, also a Miami police officer; and former partner were at the hospital, but the family refused to comment.