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South Lake Tahoe police officer, wife killed in Nevada crash

Officer Mark Hounsell
Officer Mark Hounsell

A South Lake Tahoe city police officer and his wife were killed in a crash Saturday on Highway 50 near Fallon, Nev., according a press release issued by the city.

Officer Mark Hounsell and his wife, Jeanne Hounsell, were in a car that rolled over, the release stated. An adult family friend was also killed in the crash. That person’s name was being withheld Sunday evening. Hounsell’s four children were injured in the crash but are expected to recover, city officials said.

“This tragedy shocks the entire Police Department, Mark’s friends and all who knew this fine family,” the statement read. “We will be making plans to properly honor and show our respects in the coming days.”

Hounsell was a South Lake Tahoe office since 2007. Police said it was unclear what caused the single-vehicle crash.

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