Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 11 years, 3 months
Badge # 1014
Weapon: Gun; Unknown type
Offender: Not available
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.