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Agent Geraldo A. Santiago-Vazquez | Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

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Geraldo A. Santiago-Vazquez

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

End of Watch: Thursday, October 9, 1997

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 11 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Not available

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Officer Geraldo Santiago-Vazquez was killed while attempting to arrest a robbery suspect in Aibonito, Puerto Rico.

Officer Santiago-Vazquez responded to a call of a robbery just committed in the neighboring town of Barranquitas, and caught up with a suspect matching the description. The suspect, who turned out to be an escaped fugitive, gained control of Officer Santiago-Vazquez's service weapon in the middle of a struggle and shot him once in the chest, killing him instantly. In the same incident, Agent Dixon Matos-Colon was also killed later in the day, but not before shooting the suspect and injuring him. He was charged with two counts of first degree murder, assault, robbery, illegal weapon and escaping prison.

Officer Geraldo Santiago-Vazquez served the Puerto Rico Police Department for 11 years, and was assigned to the Aibonito District.

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Agent Dixon Matos-Colon
Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico
End of Watch: Thursday, October 9, 1997
Cause: Gunfire

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I watched your son graduate from the police academy last night. Your legacy of dedicated service to the community lives on in him. Rest in Peace.

Kate Meeks-Hall, Captain, retired
Baltimore County Police Department; Sarasota Police Department
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