Puerto Rico Policeman Fatally Shoots 3 Officers After Fight

Dec 28, 2015

Authorities say a Puerto Rico policeman has killed three fellow officers following an argument at the station where they worked. On Twitter, Puerto Rico police described Monday’s events as “tragedy” and offered condolences to the families of the slain officers.

Candelario is accused of killing a police commander, a lieutenant and an officer. The suspect was in custody, though his name was not immediately released.

This is a developing story.

“An agent took the life of a commander, a lieutenant and an agent”, the state law enforcement department, Policia Puerto Rico, wrote in Spanish on Monday morning.

Authorities also have evacuated the station to investigate threats of an explosive device.

A local news outlet, Primera Hora, identified the victims as Lt. Luz M. Soto, 49; Cmdr.

Valencia said the suspect had been shot twice himself but that it was not yet clear whether he had been shot by one of those killed or another officer.

“Ponce is in mourning”, Mayor Maria Melendez said in a statement.

“They were both excellent people”, Cruz said in a phone interview.

“He rarely had any time off”, Cruz said of Roman.

Puerto Rico’s police force is the second largest in a USA jurisdiction.

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