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

Most Recent Reflection

View all 6 Reflections

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

Detention Officer A.Zambito

May 18, 2015

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.