Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico — Â Agent Carlos Rivera-Vega succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained seven days earlier in an unprovoked attack while conducting an investigation.
He and other members of the MayagÃ¼ez Drugs Division had gone to the Concordia Public Housing complex, in MayagÃ¼ez, during the course of the investigation. While they were on scene a resident walked up to them and began questioning the officers why they were at the complex. The man suddenly produced a .357 caliber handgun and opened fire, striking Agent Rivera-Vega in the abdomen two times.
The subject ran a short distance away and then committed suicide as other officers pursued him.
Agent Rivera-Vega was transported to Rio Piedras Medical Center where he remained until succumbing to his wounds.
Agent Rivera-Vega had served with the Puerto Rico Police Department for 14 years. He is survived by his three children.