Chief of Police Jose Garcia-Torres

Chief of Police Jose Garcia-Torres

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

End of Watch Saturday, July 29, 1911

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Jose Garcia-Torres

Chief of Police Jose Garcia-Torres was shot and killed in Ponce by a disgraced officer who had just been fired earlier in the day.

The officer had been caught committing a crime and, as was the tradition for being removed from the police force at the time, was ceremonially stripped of his police uniform insignia by Chief Garcia-Torres. The fired officer returned to the police department later in the evening and shot Chief Garcia-Torres as he sat at his desk.

Chief Garcia-Torres was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 30
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available


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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 102nd anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

January 22, 2013

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