Sergeant Abimael Castro-Berrocales
Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico
End of Watch: Sunday, January 1, 2012
Tour of Duty: 20 years
Badge Number: 8-18871
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: January 1, 2012
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: At large
Agency Contact Information
Superintendent General Emilio Diaz-Colon
Puerto Rico Police Department
PO Box 70166
San Juan, PR 00936
Phone: (787) 792-1234
Sergeant Abimael Castro-Berrocales was shot and killed after stopping a speeding vehicle on PR-100 in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, at approximately 9:30 am.
As he reached the driver’s side of the stopped vehicle he was immediately shot twice in the face and critically wounded. A responding unit observed the suspect flee the scene but stopped to render aid to Sergeant Castro-Berrocales. He was transported to Río Piedras Medical Center where he succumbed to his wounds.
The suspect(s) involved with Sergeant Castro-Berrocales’ murder remain at large.
Sergeant Castro-Berrocales had served with the Puerto Rico Police Department for 20 years. He is survived by his wife and three sons.
A police sergeant who, contrary to protocol, was alone in his patrol died unknown hoycuando shot from inside a vehicle, which stopped for an infraction.
The sergeant, identified as Abimael Castro Berrocales, 40 years Anasco resident, told his fellow patrol to stay in the barracks of Mayagüez, which was seconded, to finish some paperwork and because New Year’s morning It seemed quiet.
The incident occurred during the round preventive agent made by the PR-100. The officer was shot twice, one in the mouth and another in the right temple.
The drive from where he was shot was described preliminarily as a small green Toyota.
The perpetrators of the crime left the sergeant, who took about 20 years in the uniform, lying beside the road, where the agent John Valentin found it. Although the patrol had a camera installed, the sergeant did not activated it. Nor radioed to specify what kind of car was stopped or how many people were inside, said yesterday the superintendent of police, Emilio Diaz Colon.
The police chief denied that there was shortage of staff at headquarters. By contrast, said he had the right and necessary staff.
Despite the limited information available, Colon Diaz is confident that will solve the crime.