Agent Yesenia Nieves-Ruiz

Agent Yesenia Nieves-Ruiz

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

End of Watch Saturday, August 31, 2002

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Yesenia Nieves-Ruiz

Agent Yesenia Nieves-Ruiz was shot and killed when a group of men attempted to rob her and her uncle after they left an ATM and arrived at their house in the Bella Vista neighborhood of Bayamon.

She had just left work and was still in uniform when the incident took place. Agent Nieves-Ruiz was shot when she attempted to stop the robbery.

Agent Nieves-Ruiz had served with the Puerto Rico Police Department for four years and was assigned to the Robbery Division of the Bayamon CIC. She is survived by her parents. Her father was a retired officer with the agency.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

at home, off duty, robbery

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Officer Nieves-Ruiz:
Thank you for your service to your agency and to the citizens of Puerto Rico. Your father must have been so proud of you! So sorry your life ended so soon while trying to prevent a robbery and protect others. You honor your family and our profession.

Jim Lopey, Asst. Sheriff (ret)
Washoe County Sheriff (Reno) & NVDPS

August 31, 2020

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