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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RIP sir.

Retired First Sergeant Thomas Webb
New York State Police - Troop "D"

August 11, 2023

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