Colonel Francis E. Riggs

Colonel Francis E. Riggs

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

End of Watch Sunday, February 23, 1936

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Francis E. Riggs

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.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and Killed

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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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