Correctional Officer Pedro Joel Rodríguez-Mateo

Correctional Officer Pedro Joel Rodríguez-Mateo

Puerto Rico Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Puerto Rico

End of Watch Thursday, August 1, 2019

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Pedro Joel Rodríguez-Mateo

Correctional Officer Pedro Rodríguez-Mateo succumbed to injuries sustained the previous day when he was attacked by an inmate at the Ponce Maximum Security Facility.

Officer Rodríguez-Mateo was supervising inmate visitation when he observed a visitor pass an item to an inmate. He had the inmate removed the visitation area so he could be searched. During the search, the inmate attacked Officer Rodríguez-Mateo and disarmed him of his baton. The inmate, who was serving a 71-year sentence for a triple murder, struck Officer Rodríguez-Mateo several times, causing him to suffer a skull fracture.

The inmate was subdued and remained in custody and was charged with first-degree murder of a correctional officer. He died in prison in September 2019.

Officer Rodríguez-Mateo was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries the following day.

Officer Rodríguez-Mateo had served in law enforcement for 25 years. He is survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 25 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Incident Date Wednesday, July 31, 2019
  • Weapon Blunt object; Baton
  • Offender Deceased

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