Lieutenant Luz M. Soto
Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico
End of Watch: Monday, December 28, 2015
Tour of Duty: 23 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: December 28, 2015
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Not available
Agency Contact Information
Superintendent Jose L. Caldero
Puerto Rico Police Department
PO Box 70166
San Juan, PR 00936
Phone: (787) 792-1234
Lieutenant Luz Soto, Commander Frank Román, and Agent Rosario Hernández de Hoyo were shot inside the Puerto Rico Police Department’s Ponce regional headquarters by a disgruntled police officer.
The officer had taken Lieutenant Soto, his supervisor, hostage. Commander Román and Agent Hernández de Hoyo engaged the subject in which they were both fatally wounded, along with Lieutenant Soto. The subject was also wounded and taken into custody.
Lieutenant Soto had served with the Puerto Rico Police Department for 23 years. She is survived by her husband, who also serves with the Puerto Rico Police Department.
Three police officers, including a commanding officer, were shot and killed by a fellow cop Monday inside the police headquarters of the city of Ponce, Puerto Rico, according to reports.
"There are no words to describe this tragedy where three colleagues have lost their lives," Puerto Rico Police Deputy Superintendent Col. Juan Rodriguez Davila wrote on twitter.
An officer identified as Guarionex Candelario, 50, was arrested for the killing of his supervisor Lt. Luz M. Soto Segarra, 49, Cmdr. Frank Román, 49, and policewoman Rosario Hernández de Hoyos, 42, authorities told the Daily News.
Candelario allegedly held his coworkers hostage in an office following an argument, auhtorities said.
Police were about to start negotiations with him when he started shooting, killing the three hostages, authotities said.
Candelario was injured when police stormed the room and was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries, authorities said.
An explosives division of the Ponce police department found a “suspicious” package in Candelario’s car and evacuated police headquarters, the paper reported.
“Officers and civilians are crying and giving each other comfort,” reporter Michelle Estrada tweeted from outside the Ponce police headquarters.
“This is like a movie,” Estrada heard a police woman tell her partner.