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  • Shooting victims Frank Romn Rodriguez,  Lt. Luz M. Soto Segarra and Agent Rosario Hernandez de Hoyos are pictured in this police handout.

    Shooting victims Frank Romn Rodriguez, Lt. Luz M. Soto Segarra and Agent Rosario Hernandez de Hoyos are pictured in this police handout. | Photo: Puerto Rico Police Handout

Published 6 January 2016

A Puerto Rican police officer is facing 11 charges including first degree murder over the alleged killing of three co-workers.

A Puerto Rican police officer accused of killing three of his colleagues was held on a US$11 million bond Monday.

The accused officer Guarionex Candelario Rivera has been suspended from the force, and faces 11 charges including first degree murder, according to The Washington Post.

Candelario is accused of gunning down three officers after a heated argument on Dec. 28.

Police allege he fatally shot Commander Frank Roman Rodriguez, Lt. Luz M. Soto Segarra and Agent Rosario Hernandez de Hoyos.

“Victims: Frank Romn Rodriguez, Lt. Luz M. Soto Segarra and Agent Rosario Hernandez de Hoyos.” (Candelario pictured top left)

“There are no words to describe this tragedy where three colleagues have lost their lives. Our condolences for the families," Puerto Rico Police Deputy Superintendent Col. Juan Rodriguez Davila said in a statement via social media in the wake of the incident.

Police have stated Candelario received underwent psychological care over the course of close to a decade between 2005 and 2015. The treatment began after he was reportedly ordered to turn in his firearm in 2005.

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