Puerto Rico policeman fatally shoots 3 officers after fight

This undated photo released by Puerto Rico's police press department shows Guarionex Candelario Rivera in his uniform in Puerto Rico. According to police spokeswoman Mayra Ayala, Candelario, who worked in the anti-drug division, is the suspect in a fatal Dec. 28, 2015 shooting of two high-ranking officers and a policewoman, following an argument at work in Ponce, Puerto Rico's second largest city. Ayala said Candelario was arrested but police do not yet have information on a motive. (Puerto Rico Police via AP)

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A Puerto Rico policeman fatally shot two high-ranking officers and a policewoman on Monday following an argument and hostage taking at work that temporarily shut down the station in the U.S. territory’s second largest city, authorities said. The suspect was immediately placed under arrest.

The suspect, Guarionex Candelario Rivera, held a female lieutenant, a male commander and a policewoman hostage in an office before he killed them, police spokeswoman Mayra Ayala told The Associated Press. She said authorities were about to start negotiations with the 50-year-old suspect when the victims were killed. She said police did not yet have information on a motive.

Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla told reporters that the suspect was injured during the shooting and remains hospitalized. Garcia declined to say what kind of injuries the officer received and how they were inflicted.

“This took us completely by surprise,” Col. Hector Agosto said in a quiet voice at a press conference while still wearing a shirt stained with blood, explaining that he tried to help the victims. “We are a family. I am trying to stay strong.”

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