The Edmond Sun

December 5, 2012

OKC officer dies in Logan Co. crash

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Authorities have released the names of an off-duty Oklahoma City officer and a 30-year-old woman killed in an Edmond-area crash early today.

Oklahoma City Police Department spokesman Capt. Dexter Nelson said at about 2:35 a.m. Wednesday, Logan County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a single car double fatality accident about 1 mile north of Waterloo Road on Western Avenue near Simmons Road.

Nelson said the passenger in the vehicle was identified as off-duty OCPD Sgt. Steven R. Elsass, 39, and the driver was identified as Amber Brown, 30.  

The vehicle was traveling northbound on Western about 1 mile north of Waterloo when it left the roadway and crashed, killing both occupants, Nelson said.

Witnesses discovered the accident and contacted the Logan County Sheriff’s Department, Nelson said. The Oklahoma State Highway Patrol was called in to investigate the crash, and further information regarding the crash will come from the OHP, he said.

Nelson said Elsass was hired by the OCPD in May 2000. His duties included being a driver training officer, instructing both new hires and veterans in the department, Nelson said.

“He was a well-liked officer,” Nelson said. “There was never an unkind word said about him. He was good at what he did.”

Nelson said his agency was receiving condolences from other law enforcement agencies. The OHP posted a message about Elsass on its Facebook page.

“OHP extends our deepest sympathies to the family, friends and co-workers of Sgt. Steven Ryan Elsass of the Oklahoma City Police Department who was killed in an early morning car crash,” the post stated. “Our thoughts and prayers are with them and the family and friends of Amber Brown who was also killed in the collision.”

Details about funeral arrangements were not yet available, Nelson said. | 341-2121, ext. 108