Charles E. Samuels Jr., Director of the United States Department of Justice – Bureau of Prisons reported that Corrections Officer Lieutenant Osvaldo Albarati-Casana was shot and killed after completing his shift late Tuesday night. He is the second US Federal law enforcement officer to be killed in 2013.
Lt. Albarati was shot and killed as he was driving home on west bound Highway 22, near exit 13. The highway was shut down for about eight hours early in the morning as Puerto Rico Forensic Science Institute worked at the scene collecting evidence in coordination with the FBI Evidence Response Team.
No suspects are in custody, however, a dark colored sedan with tinted windows is being sought in connection with the shooting.
Lt. Albarati worked in the investigation section of Corrections at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. His investigations primarily focused on drug smuggling and illegal cell phone use by prisoners.
This is the second shooting of a Puerto Rican LEO killed while driving home after their shift. The last shooting of this nature occurred in June, 2012, when Agent Victor Soto-Velez, of the Puerto Rico Police Department was shot and killed as he was driving home.
Both officers were working investigations involving drug smuggling. Authorities believe that these shootings are a direct retaliation of their drug enforcement investigations. It is also possible that the same suspects are involved in both shootings as the vehicles used in the shootings and the drive-by tactics are similar.
A combined task force consisting of the FBI, United States Attorney’s Office, Police of Puerto Rico, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the United States Marshal Service, ATF, DEA, HIS, and the Puerto Rico Forensic Science Institute has formed to prevent and investigate the further targeting of law enforcement officers as they travel to and from their work place.
Corrections Lieutenant Osvaldo Albarati, gone but never forgotten. EOW: Tuesday, February 26, 2013
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