Safety violations found in officer's fatal fall

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MESA -- Several major violations have been found surrounding the death of a Casa Grande police officer during a Pinal County Sheriff's Office SWAT training exercise.

The Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health cited the sheriff's office for several infractions in the death of 36-year-old Sergeant Tate Lynch.

Lynch died Oct. 25, when he fell nearly 50 feet while rappelling off a county jail building in Florence.

The report compiled by ADOSH shows almost no safety measures or precautions were taken and little instruction, if any, was provided to the rappellers.

A spokeswoman for the sheriff's office declined comment Wednesday on the ADOSH investigation as well as a separate investigation by the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

Lynch was a two-year member of the sheriff's office SWAT team, made up of officers from several county police departments.

Information from: East Valley Tribune/Scottsdale Tribune

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