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Agent Roberto Medina-Mariani | Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

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Roberto Medina-Mariani

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

End of Watch: Monday, September 11, 2017

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 6 years

Badge # 35921

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Shot and wounded

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Agent Roberto Medina-Mariani was shot and killed while attempting to take action during a robbery while off duty at approximately 10:30 pm.

He was inside a restaurant in the Magüeyes neighborhood in Ponce, Puerto Rico, when three subjects committed an armed robbery of four victims in front of the building. The subjects then entered the restaurant in an attempt to rob more people. Agent Medina-Mariani observed the robbery and identified himself.

The subjects opened fire and shot him. Despite being mortally wounded, he was able to return fire and wounded one of the men. The wounded suspect was taken into custody at a local hospital. The other two men were arrested a short time later.

Agent Medina-Mariani was a U.S. Army veteran. He was a second generation police officer and had served with the Puerto Rico Police Department for six years and was assigned to the 258th Precinct at Playa de Ponce Precinct. He is survived by his wife and two children.

Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:

Superintendent Michelle Hernandez de Frayley
Puerto Rico Police Department
PO Box 70166
San Juan, PR 00936

Phone: (787) 792-1234

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