It was the primary time in latest historical past that so many Puerto Rico law enforcement officials had been slain in a single incident.
“I’ve by no means had a scene like this,” Capt. José González advised AP.
The person allegedly accountable for the deaths was nonetheless at massive, though authorities seized his automotive, Catalano stated. He stated he didn’t instantly have additional particulars.
A high-ranking official who was not approved to talk to the media advised AP that the suspect was concerned in a carjacking within the northern metropolis of Carolina, the place he stole a automotive from a girl after which opened fireplace on officers when he was stopped in Isla Verde following a prolonged chase. Catalano had stated earlier that it was a routine site visitors cease.
The officers’ names weren’t launched. Two had been municipal officers and the third was a state officer, Catalano stated.
FBI spokeswoman Limary Cruz advised AP that the company was collaborating with native police however had no plans at current to take jurisdiction of the case.
Gov. Pedro Pierluisi, who was sworn in earlier this month, stated he visited the wounded officer on the hospital and lamented the deaths of the opposite three.
“This lack of life has to cease now,” he wrote in a Fb put up. “There will probably be an investigation to determine the responsible, and they are going to be tried to the fullest extent of the regulation.”
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