“Police don’t have something to do with the homicide of this particular person,” Antonio López Figueroa, the designated police commissioner, mentioned in response to questions throughout a information convention.
The suspect’s physique was discovered close to a sprawling public housing complicated within the common vacationer district of Isla Verde that authorities had been combing because the three officers have been killed Monday.
The deaths of state officer Luis Marrero Díaz and municipal officers Luis Salamán Conde and Eliezer Hernández Cartagena shocked the U.S. territory, the place such slayings are uncommon. Police spokesman José Catalano informed The Related Press on Monday that two of the officers have been fatally shot and the third was run over.
López mentioned Rivera was from the southern coastal metropolis of Ponce and was suspected in a number of unrelated killings that occurred there.
The three law enforcement officials have been slain whereas concerned in a case that started Monday afternoon within the northern metropolis of Carolina, simply east of the capital of San Juan.
López mentioned Rivera was initially concerned in a automotive accident and pulled out a rifle when police arrived.
“With out saying a phrase, he begins capturing,” López mentioned.
Rivera then tried to steal the motorbike of 1 officer, however he failed and shot the officer, who was mendacity on the bottom, López mentioned. Rivera subsequent hijacked a automotive from a civilian to get away and headed to Isla Verde, the place he shot at officers ready for him after which bumped into a close-by public housing complicated to cover, López mentioned.
His physique was discovered earlier than daybreak Tuesday at a road nook on the opposite aspect of the freeway from the housing complicated. Authorities mentioned the signal left on the physique learn: “I’m liable for the killing of the policeman(males). Right here it’s.”
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