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Off-duty Puerto Rico officer fatally shot during armed robbery

Even after Agent Roberto Medina-Mariani was shot by three suspects, he returned fire and wounded one suspect

Duty Death: Roberto Medina-Mariani - [Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico]

End of Service: 09/11/2017


By PoliceOne Staff 

PUERTO RICO — A Puerto Rico police officer was fatally shot by armed robbers while he was off duty at a restaurant.

Agent Roberto Medina-Mariani, 35, was eating when three armed suspects robbed four people in front of the building, ODMP reported. 

Agent Roberto Medina-Mariani, 35, was eating when three armed suspects robbed four people in front of the building. (Photo/ODMP)
Agent Roberto Medina-Mariani, 35, was eating when three armed suspects robbed four people in front of the building. (Photo/ODMP)

Medina-Mariani identified himself after witnessing the robbery and the suspects opened fire. Even after he was shot multiple times, Medina-Mariani returned fire, wounding one of the suspects. 

Telemundo reported that Medina-Mariani died at the scene. The wounded suspect was transported in police custody to the hospital. The two other suspects were arrested shortly after.

Medina-Mariani served with the U.S. Army before joining the Puerto Rico Police Department. He is survived by his wife and two children.

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