Police Officer Porfirio Soto, Jr.

Police Officer Porfirio Soto, Jr.

Tampa Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Friday, December 30, 1988

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Porfirio Soto, Jr.

Officer Porfirio Soto was shot and killed while serving an arrest warrant.

The suspect was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life. He hanged himself in prison on April 13, 1997.

Officer Soto had been employed with the Tampa Police Department for 18 months. Prior to that he served as a corporal with the U.S. Marine Corps and was stationed at MacDill Air Force Base, Fl. with Central Command from 1985-1987.

He was is survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 1 year, 6 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Committed suicide in prison

warrant service

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Remembering Tampa Police Officer Porfirio Soto and his service to our nation and Florida. My thoughts and prayers are with his widow and son who surely continue to reflect on this tragic loss and how life changed this dreadful day in 1988.

Gary Howze, Director
Florida Office of the Attorney General

December 30, 2020

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