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Agent Juan José Burgos-Vélez | Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico


Juan José Burgos-Vélez

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

End of Watch: Thursday, December 7, 2006

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: 13 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Not available

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Agent Juan Burgos-Vélez was shot and killed after he and several officers went to investigate the sounds of gunfire coming from a neighborhood near the police station. Because he was just reporting for his shift, he had not yet put on all of his equipment, including his bullet proof vest.

When the officers arrived at the scene, they encountered a gang from a different neighborhood who were attempting to take over drug dealing in the neighborhood. The two gangs were facing off when the officers intervened.

As the officers attempted to disarm the two groups, shots were fired and Agent Burgos-Vélez was struck in the torso. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wound a short time later.

Agent Burgos-Vélez had served with the Puerto Rico Police Department for 13 years and was assigned to precinct 362, Monte Hatillo. He is survived by his wife and three children.

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Thank you for your heroism again Sir, RIP you are not forgotten.

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)
December 7, 2012


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