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Policeman Wilfredo Cotto-Aponte | Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico


Wilfredo Cotto-Aponte

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

End of Watch: Tuesday, May 18, 1982

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: 11 years, 3 months

Badge # 1014

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Not available

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Officer Wilfredo Cotto-Aponte was shot and killed while moving illegal residents off of private land in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.

At about 10:30 am, police units arrived at the Community Villa Sin Miedo in Rio Grande with a court order to remove a group of people who lived illegally on the private land. After an hour of eviction notices by the police, a police tactical unit entered the community to begin the forced eviction. When Officer Cotto-Aponte walk into a dorm, a man shot in the throat. Officer Cotto-Aponte was taken to a hospital where he succombed to his wounds. The assailant was arrested at the scene, and was sentenced to 99 years in prison.

Officer Cotto-Aponte worked with the Puerto Rico Police Department for 11 years, and was assigned to the Metropolitan Tactical Operations Unit. He is survived by his wife and child.

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

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May 18, 2015


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