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Police Officer Jose Oscar Rodriguez-Reyes | United States Department of Veterans Affairs Police Services, U.S. Government United States Department of Veterans Affairs Police Services, U.S. Government

Police Officer

Jose Oscar Rodriguez-Reyes

United States Department of Veterans Affairs Police Services, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Wednesday, April 24, 2002

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 53

Tour: 18 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Puerto Rico

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Police Officer Jose Rodriguez-Reyes was shot and killed while stationed at a gate at the San Juan VA Medical Center.

He was attacked by two suspects for an unknown reason and shot in the head and chest. After shooting Officer Rodriguez-Reyes, the suspects attempted to steal his service weapon but were unable to remove it from its holster. Officer Rodriguez-Reyes was the first armed Veterans Affairs officer to be killed in the line of duty.

Two suspects were arrested by the FBI and charged with murder. The suspect who shot Officer Rodriguez-Reyes was convicted of murder in July 2006 and subsequently sentenced to life in prison.

Officer Rodriguez-Reyes had served with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Police for 18 years. He is survived by his wife and six children.

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It is Ironic that today as we celebrate Police Week it will be me who makes the Invocation, and as I reflect on Officer Rodriguez's life I feel very honored and humble to be the one who will pay the respects not only to his legacy but to all those whom we've lost in the line of duty. Long live Officer Rodriguez, your fellow Officers here in San Juan and all over the Country will never forget you.

POLICE OFFICER
VA POLICE DEPARTMENT
May 12, 2014

 

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