Police Officer Jose Oscar Rodriguez-Reyes

Police Officer Jose Oscar Rodriguez-Reyes

United States Department of Veterans Affairs Police Services, U.S. Government

End of Watch Wednesday, April 24, 2002

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Jose Oscar Rodriguez-Reyes

Police Officer Jose Rodriguez-Reyes was shot and killed while stationed at a gate at the San Juan VA Medical Center.

He was attacked by two suspects for an unknown reason and shot in the head and chest. After shooting Officer Rodriguez-Reyes, the suspects attempted to steal his service weapon but were unable to remove it from its holster. Officer Rodriguez-Reyes was the first armed Veterans Affairs officer to be killed in the line of duty.

Two suspects were arrested by the FBI and charged with murder. The suspect who shot Officer Rodriguez-Reyes was convicted of murder in July 2006 and subsequently sentenced to life in prison.

Officer Rodriguez-Reyes had served with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Police for 18 years. He is survived by his wife and six children.


  • Age 53
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Puerto Rico
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Officer Rodriguez-Reyes,
On today, the 20th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but also when you served with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

April 24, 2022

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