In Memoriam Agent Roberto Medina-Mariani

Superintendent Michelle de Frayley of the Puerto Rico Police Department in San Juan, Puerto Rico, sadly reports the death of Agent Roberto Medina-Mariani.

Agent Medina-Mariani, 35, was off duty in a restaurant eating in the Magueyes neighborhood in Ponce, when three subjects announced a robbery. The suspects began to rob the patrons of the restaurant as well as the business.

Medina-Mariani identified himself as a police officer and ordered the suspects to disarm themselves. However, they opened fire and shot the agent. Medina-Mariani returned fire wounding one of the suspects.

The wounded suspect was later apprehended at a local hospital. The two other suspects were also taken into custody a short time later.

Medina-Mariani was transported to a hospital where he succumbed to his gunshot wound.

Roberto Medina-Mariani served the Puerto Rico Police Department for six years. He was assigned to the Playa de Ponce Precinct. He was also a U.S. Army veteran. His wife and a young son survive him.

Agent Roberto Medina-Mariani is gone, but will never be forgotten.

EOW: Monday, September 11, 2017.

(Graphics courtesy Rose Borisow GrafX)

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Patrick Sharkey

Pat Sharkey earned an associate's Degree at Kellogg Community College and was hired by the Battle Creek Township Police Department as a dispatcher. Pat was then hired by the Michigan State Police and was initially assigned to the Capitol Security Detail. Eight years later, he attended the 98th Trooper Recruit School. Pat served as a trooper for the remainder of his career serving at State Police Posts in Erie, Sandusky, Northville, Flat Rock, Bridgeport, Ypsilanti, and Caro areas of Michigan. He attended Michigan State University’s Traffic Crash Reconstruction Program and was certified as an expert witness in several Michigan courts. Pat retired in 2010 after 35 years of public service. He is a correspondent for Law Enforcement Today and enjoys hunting, target shooting, and (most of all) sailing.

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