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BREAKING: 3 Puerto Rico Police Officers Killed, Gunman At Large

San Juan, PR – Three Puerto Rico police officers were killed on Monday afternoon during a traffic stop in the middle of a highway near San Juan International Airport.

Policia de Puerto Rico (PPR) Agente 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 Associated Press reported.

Agente Catalano told the Associated Press that two of the officers were fatally shot and a third was run over.

Authorities said that the incident occurred during a “routine traffic stop” that turned into a gun battle.

“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,” CBS News’ David Begnaud tweeted.

Police officials have not released the names of the fallen officers, the Associated Press reported.

Agente Catalano said the gunman had fled the scene and was still at large, although police have found and seized his vehicle.

The San Juan office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) told the Associated Press they were assisting the PPR’s investigation but had no plans to claim jurisdiction at this point.

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Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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