Policeman Wilfredo Cotto-Aponte

Policeman Wilfredo Cotto-Aponte

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

End of Watch Tuesday, May 18, 1982

Wilfredo Cotto-Aponte

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.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 11 years, 3 months
  • Badge 1014

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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Agente Cotto:
Gracias por tu dedicacion a enforzar el cumplimiento de la ley y el orden en nuestro querido Puerto Rico. No te olvidaremos.

Agent Cotto: Thanks for you dedication to enforce law and order in our beloved Puerto Rico. You will never be forgotten

LTC-R Jose A Rivera Motta
Puerto Rico Army National Guard

February 8, 2018

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