Funeral for slain traffic officer will be today in Moravia

Traffic officer Danny Sandoval Mora will be buried today with honors in Moravia. The wake at the headquarters of the Policía de Tránsito was Monday with traffic officials and other officers in attendance and with an honor guard around the casket.

Sandoval died Sunday when a motorist interrupted him as he was confiscating the vehicle of a suspected drunk driver. The Poder Judicial said Monday that the assailant struggled with the 30-year-old officer and managed to take his gun and shoot him. Reports Sunday said the assailant had his own gun.

Traffic officers are beginning to lobby for protective vests. Only a few in the department now have these.
The incident happened in Cinco Esquinas de Tibás. Sandoval worked as a traffic officer for three years, the department said. His wife, who is six months pregnant, attended the wake.

The Fuerza Pública two hours later detained a man identified by the last names of Román Ovares. He has a criminal record, said the Dirección General de la Policía de Tránsito. The Judicial Investigating Organization said that the weapon has not been found, but informal reports say that it is in the vehicle that had been driven by Román. The vehicle is sealed for later inspection.

Prosecutors sought a year’s preventative detention for Román in the II Circuito Judicial de San José.

The judge’s decision was not known Monday night.

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