Police Officer Ivan Fontanez-Bruno

Police Officer Ivan Fontanez-Bruno

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

End of Watch Sunday, March 24, 1996

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Ivan Fontanez-Bruno

Officer Ivan Fontanez-Bruno was shot and killed after being identified as a police officer while off duty. He and another officer were carjacked and abducted by unknown suspects.

At approximately 11:30pm, Cadet Fontanez-Bruno and a fellow cadet were at Las Croabas beachfront in Fajardo when three armed men announced a holdup. As the armed robbers took the cadets' wallets they noticed both were police cadets. They were forced into the cadets' vehicle and drove off towards Highway 3, where they shot Cadet Fontanez-Bruno. The other cadet was left unharmed in an abandoned spot down the road. All three men were apprehended and convicted of felony-murder rule. They served life in prison.

Cadet Fontanez-Bruno join the Puerto Rico Police Department, and was a member of Group 18, Academy 198 for almost a year. He was posthumously promoted to the rank of Police Officer.


  • Age 20
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life in prison

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Officer Fontanez-Bruno,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Puerto Rico. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

March 24, 2021

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