Second Lieutenant Luis M. Hernandez-Vega

Second Lieutenant Luis M. Hernandez-Vega

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

End of Watch Tuesday, April 11, 1995

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Luis M. Hernandez-Vega

Lieutenant Luis Hernandez-Vega was shot and killed while serving a warrant in the La Plena community in Salinas, Puerto Rico.

The subject was a two-time convicted murderer who had violated his probation. As officers from the Anti-Crime Unit approached him he stated he would comply, but suddenly produced a .40 caliber handgun and shot Lieutenant Hernandez-Vega in the face. Other officers returned fire, wounding the subject.

The man was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Lieutenant Hernandez-Vega was a combat veteran of the Puerto Rico National Guard and had served with the Puerto Rico Police Department for 20 years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, and two sons. One of his sons also became a police officer with the Puerto Rico Police Department.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge 7-1102
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .40 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren. Rest in peace always.

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

April 11, 2021

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