Puerto Rican officer killed with own gun
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A policeman in Puerto Rico died after being shot in the chest in a struggle that involved another officer, authorities said Thursday.
Officer Carlos Garcia Adorno was getting dressed at the police department at the start of his shift when he apparently pressed the barrel of his gun against his chest, police said in a statement.
Police said that officer Josue Camacho Perez told them he saw what was happening and began to wrestle with Garcia. The gun went off and the bullet penetrated Garcia's chest and lodged in the back of his bulletproof vest. He was pronounced dead at a hospital Wednesday night.
It is unclear who pulled the trigger. No one has been charged.
The Puerto Rican Justice Department took over the investigation to guarantee transparency, police Lt. Eddie Hernandez said. Agents plan to question other police officers who were nearby when the shooting occurred, he said.
The local El Nuevo Dia newspaper quoted a police officer identified as Yaniris Rodriguez as saying that the two officers were good friends and spent a lot of time together.
"They didn't fight, but they played rough," Rodriguez was quoted as saying.
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