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Hero Down: Puerto Rico DOC Corrections Sgt. Alvin Sugrañes-Lebrón Murdered By Disgruntled Employee

Guayama, PR – Puerto Rico Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (DOC) Corrections Sergeant Alvin Sugrañes-Lebrón was murdered in the line of duty on Sept. 16.

The 37-year-old corrections sergeant was working at the Guayama 500 Correctional Institution’s front gate when a corrections officer who worked at another lockup facility showed up, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

The disgruntled corrections officer demanded to speak with other individuals working at the Guayama facility, but was refused entry.

Corrections Sgt. Sugrañes-Lebrón told the suspect to wait at the gate while he called for another supervisor to respond to the area to speak with him, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

What the sergeant didn’t know was that the correctional officer had just killed a neighbor and another DOC employee prior to making his way over the Guayama facility, police said.

When the other supervisor arrived at the gate to speak with the suspect, the suspect suddenly opened fire, fatally wounding Corrections Sgt. Sugrañes-Lebrón.

The shooter then ran off into the woods nearby, where he hid out for the next two days, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

When members of a fugitive task force attempted to negotiate with the gunman, he committed suicide, police said.

Corrections Sgt. Sugrañes-Lebrón leaves behind his wife and child, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Puerto Rico Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Corrections Sergeant Alvin Sugrañes-Lebrón, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Corrections Sergeant Alvin Sugrañes-Lebrón, your life mattered.

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Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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