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Sergeant Carlos A. Rivera-Vega | Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico


Carlos A. Rivera-Vega

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

End of Watch: Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 14 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 1/14/2014

Weapon: Handgun; .357 caliber

Offender: Committed suicide

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Sergeant Carlos Rivera-Vega succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained seven days earlier in an unprovoked attack while conducting an investigation.

He and other members of the Mayagüez Drugs Division had gone to the Concordia Public Housing complex, in Mayagüez, during the course of the investigation. While they were on scene a resident walked up to them and began questioning the officers why they were at the complex. The man suddenly produced a .357 caliber handgun and opened fire, striking Sergeant Rivera-Vega in the abdomen two times.

The subject ran a short distance away and then committed suicide as other officers pursued him.

Sergeant Rivera-Vega was transported to Rio Piedras Medical Center where he remained until succumbing to his wounds.

Sergeant Rivera-Vega had served with the Puerto Rico Police Department for 14 years. He is survived by his three children.

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My condolences to Agent Rivera-Vega's family, friends, and colleagues of the Puerto Rico PD. Jehovah God thru his son Jesus Christ has made a promise concerning those who have fallen asleep in death at 1 Corinthians 15:21 "for since death came through a man, resurrection of the dead also comes through a man." By Jesus sacrificing his life, it paved the way for us to obtain everlasting life. Soon, God will reverse the affects of death and will awaken those who have died. I pray God's promise brings comfort to all that knew and loved Agent Rivera-Vega.

ECS II L Toatley
Orlando Police Department
December 31, 2015


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