Ranger Félix Rodríguez-Gomez

Ranger Félix Rodríguez-Gomez

Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources, Puerto Rico

End of Watch Tuesday, March 23, 2010

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Félix Rodríguez-Gomez

Rangers Félix Rodríguez and Kenneth Betancourt were shot and killed while confronting three men who had jumped a fence at the agency's headquarters building in San Juan at approximately 1:00 am.

Both rangers had been assigned to a security detail at the headquarters. As they confronted the trespassers, the men opened fire on the rangers, who were able to return fire. Ranger Betancourt and Ranger Rodríguez both suffered fatal wounds during the shootout. One of the suspects was also wounded.

The suspects then stole the patrol car and gun from one of the fallen rangers and fled. All three were arrested a short time later after police received a telephone tip from a witness.

Ranger Rodriguez had served with the agency for nearly six years and was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 5 years, 9 months
  • Badge 2-547

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Apprehended


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Ranger Rodriguez-Ochoa,
On today, the 10th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your Partner 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.


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March 23, 2020

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