Ponce, PR – Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD) Sergeant Erasmo Garcia-Torres was killed in the line of duty on June 10 after being shot in the head while conducting a traffic stop on his lunch break.
Sgt. Garcia-Torres, 50, was on his lunch break when he spotted a driver committing a traffic violation, according to Primera Hora.
The sergeant briefly made contact with the suspect, but the man then tried to flee the scene, police said.
Sgt. Garcia Torres followed the suspect as he made his way to intersection of Calle Venus and Calle Villa.
But when they reached the intersection, the man he was following suddenly spun around and opened fire on him, hitting him in the head, Primera Hora reported.
Sgt. Garcia-Torres was rushed to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds, Primera Hora reported.
The gunman, later identified as Bryan Ramos Rivera, has been arrested and charged with the sergeant’s murder.