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Lieutenant Luz M. Soto-Segarra | Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

Lieutenant

Luz M. Soto-Segarra

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

End of Watch: Monday, December 28, 2015

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 49

Tour: 23 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: In custody

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Lieutenant Luz Soto, Commander Frank Román, 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.

Lieutenant Soto had served with the Puerto Rico Police Department for 23 years. She is survived by her two sons, and her husband who also serves with the Puerto Rico Police Department.

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

To the Soto- Segarra family, fellow officers, and all who call Luz 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 Lt. Soto-Segarra gave to her community and the citizens of Puerto Rico, and for the supreme sacrifice she and her 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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