A Puerto Rican police officer identified as the suspect in the shocking slaying of an elderly couple in Isabela, Puerto Rico, has taken his own life, authorities confirmed. The officer, José Miguel Centeno Sánchez, worked as a handyman for the couple and was employed at a police station in Aguadilla. Police Commissioner Antonio López stated in a news conference that Centeno died by suicide when officers arrived at his home to serve a search warrant.
The victims, identified as Idelfonso Janeiro Rodríguez, 83, and Angélica Adorno Cruzado, 77, were found bound, gagged, and shot in the head earlier this month. Authorities suspect robbery as the motive for the crime.
Commissioner López emphasized that Centeno Sánchez was not considered a genuine police officer and did not represent the more than 11,000 police officers committed to protecting the citizens of Puerto Rico. This incident adds to the rising number of reported killings in the U.S. territory, with 386 reported deaths so far this year compared to 477 in the same period last year.
The investigation into the slaying of the elderly couple continues, as authorities work to gather evidence and determine the full circumstances surrounding the crime.