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Commander Frank Román-Rodríguez | Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

Commander

Frank Román-Rodríguez

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

End of Watch: Monday, December 28, 2015

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 49

Tour: 28 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: In custody

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Commander Frank Román, Lieutenant Luz Soto, and Agent Rosario Hernández de Hoyos were shot inside the Puerto Rico Police Department's Ponce regional headquarters, near the intersection of PR-1 and PR-52, by a disgruntled police officer.

The subject had entered the headquarters building with two guns and a knife. He proceeded to the sixth floor where he took all three officers hostage. He told Lieutenant Soto to call the press officer, but the call did not go through. The subject then opened fire on the officers, fatally wounding them, before exchanging shots with another officer.

The subject was taken into custody and was transported to a local hospital suffering from gunshot wounds.

Commander Román had served with the Puerto Rico Police Department for 28 years. He was recognized as Commander of the Year in 2014. Commander Román is survived by three children.

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On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Frank
was killed.

To the Roman family, fellow officers, and all who call Frank beloved, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support, and I know you will receive the same support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Commander Roman gave to his community and the citizens of Puerto Rico, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on December 28, 2015.

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05
June 20, 2016

 

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