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Colonel Francis E. Riggs | Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico


Francis E. Riggs

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

End of Watch: Sunday, February 23, 1936

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Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and Killed

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Colonel Riggs was shot and killed by a Puerto Rican nationalist following a pursuit of suspect he had observed shooting at another police officer in San Juan. Colonel Riggs pursued the suspect and was able to take him into custody. As he did so a second suspect approached and shot Colonel Riggs in the head, killing him.

Both suspects were apprehended and taken to the police headquarters, where they were both killed in a reported escape attempt.

Colonel Riggs was a U.S. Army veteran who had been appointed to the Puerto Rico Police Department.

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Col. Riggs,
On today, the 79th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a LEO, but for our Country as well when you served in the U.S. Army.


United States Border Patrol
February 23, 2015


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