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Godspeed, brothers and sisters. You fought the good fight. Now rest in peace…
Officer Down: Carlos Rivera-Vega - [, Puerto Rico]
End of Service: 01/21/2014
By PoliceOne Staff
MAYAGUEZ, Puerto Rico — A member of the Puerto Rico Police Department died after succumbing to gunshot wounds sustained seven days earlier in a shooting.
Agent Carlos Rivera-Vega was investigating a scene at a housing complex in Mayaguez with other members of the Mayaguez Drugs Division when the incident occurred.
A resident approached the officers to question their presence in the complex. During the confrontation, the resident pulled out a handgun and opened fire, hitting Agent Rivera-Vega in the abdomen, according to odmp.org.
The suspect committed suicide on the scene.
Rivera-Vega was hit twice. He succumbed to his wounds during his stay at Rio Piedras Medical Center. He is survived by his wife and two children.
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