Agent Eliezer Hernández-Cartagena

Agent Eliezer Hernández-Cartagena

Carolina Municipal Police Department, Puerto Rico

End of Watch Monday, January 11, 2021

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Eliezer Hernández-Cartagena

Agent Eliezer Hernández-Cartagena and Agent Luis Marrero-Díaz, of the Puerto Rico Police Department, were murdered while attempting to arrest a man who had just murdered Agent Luis Salamán-Conde, of the Carolina Municipal Police Department.

Agent Salamán-Conde had responded to a vehicle crash on Avenida Roberto Clemente. One of the drivers involved in the crash opened fire on him with an AK-47 rifle, killing him. The man then carjacked another vehicle and fled onto the Baldorioty de Castro Expressway. Officers from the Carolina Municipal Police Department and Puerto Rico Police Department pursued the vehicle along the expressway until it stopped near the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport.

The subject opened fire again, fatally wounding Agent Luis Marrero-Díaz. As he attempted to flee in the car a second time he fatally struck Agent Eliezer Hernández-Cartagena. He was able to flee into a nearby residential area where he remained at large. He was found fatally shot on Jan. 12 with a cardboard sign on his chest declaring him responsible for the officers' deaths.

Bio

  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 400

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Deceased

robbery, shots fired call, vehicle pursuit

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On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Eliezer was killed in the line of duty.

To the Hernandez-Cartagena family, fellow officers, and all who call Eliezer beloved, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support. I hope that you continue to receive that same kind of support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Eliezer gave to his community and the residents of Puerto Rico and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on January 11, 2021

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

February 12, 2021

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