A Stockton police officer who was in a car crash while responding to a call of shots fired has died from injuries suffered in the collision.
Scott Hewell, 33, was the passenger in a police vehicle that crashed on May 28 into a tree on El Dorado Street near Jamestown Street.
"Scott was a great police officer, enthusiastic and positive. This is a big hit to our department, a big hit to the city," Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones said Wednesday afternoon.
Hewell was released from San Joaquin General hospital on June 6 and recovering at his home in the Sacramento area. Then Wednesday, Hewell was rushed to UC Davis Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead; his cause of death was not immediately known. Because the crash and injuries happened in San Joaquin County, Hewell's body was taken to the San Joaquin County Coroner's Office to determine cause of death.
Hundreds of co-workers and other city employees lined the streets of Stockton as Hewell's body was brought back to Stockton.
"We're shocked and grieving, trying to make sense of everything," Jones said. "We don't know everything yet. It's important for our department to pull together as we get through this."
The driver of the police vehicle was also injured but is recovering. A 32-year-old man was later arrested in connection to the shooting call. Both Stockton police and the California Highway Patrol are investigating the crash.
Officer Joe Silva said Hewell, who joined the department in September 2012, is the first Stockton officer to die in the line of duty since Art Parga was killed during a drug raid in 1993.