Police Officer Julio Ferreira-Bonilla

Police Officer Julio Ferreira-Bonilla

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

End of Watch Tuesday, November 17, 1992

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Julio Ferreira-Bonilla

Police Officer Julio Ferreira-Bonilla was shot and killed while investigating the presence of two men with a high-powered rifle at a housing project.

Officer Ferreira-Bonilla was patrolling with his partner in an undercover vehicle by the Ramos Antonini Housing Project in Rio Piedras when they came to a dead-end street and saw a person running with an assault rifle. The officers chased the person on foot, resulting in a shootout between armed suspects on a roof terrace of a building and the officers who took cover behind a parked car. Officer Ferreira-Bonilla, who was not wearing a bullet-proof vest, was fatally wounded when bullets pierced the car.

He was taken to Rio Piedras Medical Center where he died.

Officer Ferreira-Bonilla worked with the Puerto Rico Police Department in the Vice Control Unit of San Juan.


  • Age 29
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Not available

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Officer Ferreira-Bonilla,
On today, the 30th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you 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.


United States Border Patrol

November 17, 2022

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