Cat Bite, Reaction to Medication Leads to Death of WT University Police Officer


The headline was edited for clarify the cause of death. 

A West Texas A&M University Police Officer died Tuesday night in Lubbock after he suffered a severe reaction to medication he was prescribed when he was bitten by a cat two weeks ago. 

Sergeant Jack Hildebrand, WTAMU PD Public Information Officer, said Corporal Monty Platt was responding to a call on campus about two weeks ago. The caller complained about a feral cat. Sgt. Hildebrand said Cpl. Platt outfitted himself with thick rubber gloves but the cat bit through the material. 

Worried about the bite, Cpl. Platt went to the doctor.

Sgt. Hildebrand told us the corporal was given some medicine to help fight an infection, but Sgt. Hildebrand said it was that medicine that caused a “Serious, negative, physical reaction.”

Cpl. Platt passed away Tuesday night.

Cpl. Platt is a 16-year veteran of the University Police Department.

“He set the standard and he will be missed because, like I said, he was one of the top officers we had in this department,” said Sgt. Hildebrandt. “No matter what the mission or whatever we needed to have accomplished.”

Cpl. Platt leaves behind a wife and 11-year-old son

Sgt. Hildebrandt also said this is a loss that will be felt for some time, but the best thing for the department to do is to come together.

Services for Cpl. Platt will be this Friday, August 11th at 10:00 a.m. at St. Ann’s in Canyon, followed by a memorial at Dreamland Cemetery. Cpl. Platt was considered on-duty when he died and will be given an officer’s funeral. 

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