Ponce, Puerto Rico: Policeman Kills 3 Fellow Officers

Ponce, Puerto Rico: Policeman Kills 3 Fellow Officers

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.

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.

Ponce, Puerto Rico: Policeman Kills 3 Fellow Officers, Authorities Say

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.

The victims from left ro right: Frank Román, 49, Luz M. Soto Segarra, 49 and Rosario Hernández de Hoyos, 42.
The victims from left ro right: Frank Román, 49, Luz M. Soto Segarra, 49 and Rosario Hernández de Hoyos, 42.

“This is like a movie,” Estrada heard a police woman tell her partner.

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