After three officers killed following a carjacking, suspect found dead with a sign on him declaring his guilt

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO- Three San Juan police officers were killed and a fourth was injured on Monday, January 11th near Puerto Rico’s capital following a carjacking.

According to reports, two of the officers were fatally shot and the third was run over. Agent José Catalano said that two of the officers were members of a municipal police department in the San Juan area and the third officer was a member of PPR, which functions as the state police.

The officer’s names, which have now been released by the department are state officer Luis Marrero Díaz and municipal officers Luis Salamán Conde and Eliezer Hernández Cartagena.

On Wednesday, January 13th, Puerto Rican authorities announced that the suspect was recently found shot to death with a cardboard sign on his chest declaring him guilty. Officials do not yet know who fatally shot the suspect, who has since been identified as 25-year-old David Rivera Bátiz.

Authorities said that his death is now being investigated as a possible “street justice killing.” Lt. Col. Rolando Trinidad said in a statement during a news conference:

“Police don’t have anything to do with the murder of this individual.”

The alleged suspect’s body was found near a large public housing complex that officers had been combing through since the three officers were killed. The complex is located in the popular tourist district of Isla Verde.

The incident occurred in the district of Isla Verde on one of the U.S. territory’s busiest highways near the island’s main international airport, causing a severe traffic jam.

It was the first time in recent history that so many Puerto Rico police officers were slain in one incident. Capt. José González said in a statement:

“I’ve never had a scene like this.”

CBS News’ David Begnaud tweeted:

“BREAKING: 1 police officer is dead in Puerto Rico after a shootout. @FBISanJuan says a motorcycle officer was ‘shot down’ while riding a motorcycle. 2 other officers were wounded a short time later. There was a shootout between police & at least 1 suspect.”

The three police officers were slain while involved in a case that began on the afternoon of January 11th in the norther city of Carolina, just east of the capital of San Juan.

Shortly after the deadly incident, authorities seized the suspects car. The San Juan office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) told the Associated Press (AP) that they were assisting the PPR’s investigation, but had no plans to claim jurisdiction at this point. 

A high-ranking official who was not authorized to speak to the media told the AP that the suspect was involved in a carjacking in the northern city of Carolina where he stole a care from a woman and then opened fired on officers when he was stopped in Isla Verde following a lengthly chase.

Earlier, Catalano had said that it was a “routine traffic stop.” The fallen officers’ names have not been released. Newly sworn in Governor Pedro Pierluisi said that he visited the wounded officer at the hospital and lamented the deaths of the other three. He wrote in a Facebook post:

“This loss of life has to stop now. There will be an investigation to identify the guilty and they will be tried to the fullest extent of the law.”

On January 8th, an officer was shot south of downtown St. Louis. According to reports, the officer is 24-years-old and has been with the department for seven months. The officer was shot near the 900 block of LaSalle Part Court.

Officers had received a call for a child dispute in the 900 block of Lebanon around 7:15 p.m. As the officers arrived on scene, they heard shots being fired. One of the officers was shot in the left leg. A fellow officer applied a tourniquet to the officer’s leg before he was transported to a nearby hospital.

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Chief John Hayden said that the officer’s injury is not life-threatening. Hayden said that it is unclear if the gunfire was aimed directly at the officer. The investigation remains active. 

Hayden said that the officer is the 11th officer to be shot at in the line of duty in St. Louis in the last six months. St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson said in a statement:

“First and foremost, I am thankful that it looks like our young officer will recover after getting shot in the line of duty tonight in LaSalle Park. This marks our City’s 11th police officer hit by gunfire while serving and protecting our community since June.”

The Mayor added:

“I’m also incredibly grateful to this officer’s partner for applying aid in the field and immediately jumping into action to get them to safety. Even still, I am saddened and disappointed to see continued violence against our law enforcement officers continuing into the new year.”

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Officer Down: DC Metropolitan Police Detective shot and killed by wife in murder-suicide

December 2nd, 2020

WALDORF, MD – A Metropolitan Police Department detective was shot and killed Friday by his wife, who then turned the gun on herself, according to law enforcement officials.

Timothy E. Francis, 50, had been a D.C. police officer for 20 years and was most recently a detective in the homicide squad that investigates presumed natural deaths, according to D.C. police.

According to the Charles County sheriff’s office, Francis and his wife, Christina Lynn Francis, 41 were found in their Waldorf, Maryland home at approximately 6 p.m.

MPD Chief Peter Newsham said in a statement:

“Mourning the tragic loss of our colleague and friend is extremely difficult. Detective Francis spent two decades protecting the community from violence, and to learn that he was the victim of a homicide is heartbreaking.”

The police union expressed its sympathies, saying:

“Tim was a standup guy that always held his ground. We are all still reeling from this news. The MPD has lost a true detective today and he will not soon be replaced.”

The couple were found by Christina’s father, who became worried for his daughter after being unable to reach her all day.

Evidence recovered from the scene indicated Christina had fatally shot her husband before killing herself.

The shooting took place about 12 hours after Christina Francis posted a video of the couple’s April 2017 wedding in Santa Monica, California, along with statements that seemed to indicate trouble with the marriage.

One post, which was shared at 3:19 a.m., included a video from the couple’s wedding day. Along with the video, Christina wrote:

“This day meant everything to me. This marriage wasn’t put together for a great reason. couldn’t be more confident and stayed forever not giving up. I love you and what we had together. U you all I even want NEEDED (sic).

YOU AND I BELONGED TOGETHER AND ALWAYS. We had six years of experience and memories that should have taken presence (sic) over everything in everything we did but be got lost in petty s— you believed was a mistake. AMD tests immature.(sic)”

Neighbors Delancey Praylow and Demetrius Wilson told WUSA that the neighborhood was a friendly one and that they had hung out with Tim and Christina Francis at a get-together a few weeks ago in another neighbor’s yard.

“Good folks,” Praylow said. “She just shared a piece of cake with me at the gathering, and she was real nice.”

Wilson described Tim Francis as a family man who loved life and loved his children. “You never know what people go through,” Wilson told the station.

Although the facts and motivation surrounding this case are still unclear, the problem of violence within police families has been increasingly recognized as an important socio-legal issue. There is, however, a lack of empirical data on what has commonly been referred to as officer-involved domestic violence (OIDV).

There are no comprehensive statistics available on OIDV and no government entity collects data on the criminal convictions of police officers for crimes associated with domestic and/or family violence.

Prior self-reported officer surveys have been limited by the tendency to conceal instances of family violence and the interests of officers to maintain a “code of silence” to protect their careers.

The nature of police work includes toxic work environments and uncertain dangers which impart a unique type of occupational stress spillover or the transfer of stress from work life to home life for law enforcement officers. Work stress places officers at risk for negative health and psychosocial outcomes.

While it has been shown that occupational stress can compromise the well-being of police officers, little is known about how spillovers can affect other areas of life for officers, such as marital relationships.

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Off-duty officer fatally shoots burglary suspect after teen son calls for help

November 27, 2020

WEST MIAMI-DADE, FL  On November 23, an off-duty Miami Police officer reportedly shot and killed a man suspected of trying to break into a West Miami-Dade home with the officer’s 13-year-old son inside. 

Miami-Dade police and fire rescue units responded to the home at around 4:00 p.m. The home is located near the 700 block of Southwest 98th Court. 

According to preliminary reports, the Officer’s 13-year-old son was inside of the home, belonging to the officer’s ex-wife, when a man was trying to break in. 

Miami-Dade Police Detective Kristopher Welch said that, when the boy realized what was going on, he called his parents about the break-in in progress: 

“The 13-year-old child within the residence contacted his parents and stated that someone was trying to break in from the rear. His father, a City of Miami police officer, responded on scene, confronted the subject, (and) shots were fired. (The suspect) ultimately succumbed to his injuries.”

One neighbor nearby, Raul Artiles, said that he had heard numerous gunshots go off during the incident: 

“I hear ‘Boom, boom, boom, boom.’ Somebody shooting with a pistol, like 10 or 13 times.”

From what Artiles claims, the neighborhood that he has lived in for 35 years is usually quiet:

“This neighborhood is very, very peaceful, very nice. I never hear a shooting or anything like that.”

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is currently handling the investigation.

Sources linked to the investigation have not released many details about the alleged intruder. Authorities have not said if the suspect was armed at the time of the shooting.

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