Detective Rafael Cotto-Casillas

Detective Rafael Cotto-Casillas

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

End of Watch Sunday, August 19, 1951

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Rafael Cotto-Casillas

Detective Rafael Cotto-Casillas was shot and killed while searching for a prison escapee.

Detective Cotto-Casillas and his partner had gone to the home of the escapee's mother to interview her. Both detectives began to leave after the woman denied knowing where her son was. As they walked from the home the escapee opened fire on them, striking Detective Cotto-Casillas in the back.

The other detective was able to return fire and killed the subject.


  • Age 37
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Thank you for your service and rest in peace always knowing that no passage of time will ever erase your heroic actions and sacrifice.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 19, 2020

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