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.

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