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Puerto Rico policeman accused of attempted murder

October 4, 2013

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A Puerto Rico police officer has been charged with attempted murder after shooting a man who ran a stop sign.

The island’s Justice Department said in a statement Friday that Eric Rivas shot and injured Randy Colon after he ran a stop sign and did not follow the officer’s orders to pull over.

Rivas told authorities that Colon had opened fire, but prosecutors say the victim did not have a weapon on him.

Rivas is being held on a $65,000 bond and is expected to appear in court on Oct. 14.

The incident occurred last month in Ponce, Puerto Rico’s second largest city.