The federal agent assaulted yesterday in Santurce received five shots of someone who is wanted by state and federal authorities, as confirmed by the office in Puerto Rico of the federal Agency for Drug Control (DEA, for its acronym in English).
The agency indicated that her agent was running with a companion along Parque Street when she reached the intersection with Martín Traviezo Street, where she was assaulted and shot. For security reasons, the name of the officer has not been released.
Despite the number of shots fired, the DEA reported that the agent is in stable condition. Meanwhile, he pointed out that the investigation to clarify the case is underway.
The investigation is being carried out by the Puerto Rico Police with the support of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
“The investigation will officially start its course today. We are already in it”indicated Lieutenant Colonel Roberto Rivera, director of the investigative branch of the Police, who indicated that one of the first steps will be to verify the security cameras in the area.
He recalled that the preliminary investigation alluded to a person responsible for the shooting attack, but added that for the moment, nothing is ruled out. The same goes for the assault theory, which is still prevalent, but other angles have not been ruled out.
“We are working on the case with the help of federal agencies. We are hand in hand,” she commented.
Assault or murder cases are usually investigated by state authorities, even if the victim is a federal employee.
These types of cases have gone to the federal level when, in the course of the investigation, investigators find violations of specific US laws, such as, for example, what is known as a “for-hire” attack. FBI agents participated in the analysis of the scene and collection of evidence in conjunction with the Police.
Special agent Limary Cruz Rubio, spokesperson for the FBI in Puerto Rico, indicated that so far there have been no arrests in relation to this case.
“We urge citizens to share any information they have, confidentially and anonymously, with the Police (at 787-343-2020) or with us (at 787-987-6500 or through Tips.FBI.Gov)”Cruz Rubio said.
“Call as soon as possible. Even if it is some minimal data or that you think is insignificant, it may be the missing piece to complete what you are looking for, ”he said.