Three police officers, including a commanding officer, were shot and killed by a fellow cop Monday inside the police headquarters of the city of Ponce, Puerto Rico, according to reports.
“There are no words to describe this tragedy where three colleagues have lost their lives,” Puerto Rico Police Deputy Superintendent Col. Juan Rodriguez Davila wrote on twitter.
“No hay palabras para describir esta tragedia donde 3 compañeros han perdido la vida. Nuestras condolencias para las familias”, Súper Asoc.
— Policía Puerto Rico (@PRPDNoticias) diciembre 28, 2015
An officer identified as Guarionex Candelario, 50, was arrested for the killing of his supervisor Lt. Luz M. Soto Segarra, 49, Cmdr. Frank Román, 49, and policewoman Rosario Hernández de Hoyos, 42, authorities told the Daily News.
Candelario allegedly held his coworkers hostage in an office following an argument, auhtorities said.
Police were about to start negotiations with him when he started shooting, killing the three hostages, authotities said.
Candelario was injured when police stormed the room and was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries, authorities said.
An explosives division of the Ponce police department found a “suspicious” package in Candelario’s car and evacuated police headquarters, the paper reported.
“Officers and civilians are crying and giving each other comfort,” reporter Michelle Estrada tweeted from outside the Ponce police headquarters.
“This is like a movie,” Estrada heard a police woman tell her partner.
Policías y civiles lloran y se consuelan mutuamente. “Esto es una película”, le dice mujer policía a compañero. pic.twitter.com/jGVpjRugnk
— Michelle Estrada (@mestradatorres) diciembre 28, 2015