Another police officer dies, this time in motorcycle mishap

As one police officer was being laid to rest, a second died in a motorcycle crash in Upala, the security ministry reported.

The dead officer is Edwin García Oporta, 40, who was operating the motorcycle on his day off when he was in a collision with a car in the  El Rosario, the ministry said. He had 21 years of service in the Fuerza Pública.

The funeral for the police officer was in Parrita. He was Marco Antonio Berrocal Madriz, 52, of nearby Esterillos Oeste. Berrocal died as he was trying to arrest a man wanted for attempted murder and aggravated robbery, said the ministry. That was late Wednesday afternoon.

The shooting sparked a massive search for the gunman overnight. The search in the El Tigre section of Parrita culminated about 4:30 a.m. with the arrest of the principal suspect. He was identified by the last names of  Watson Smith.

He is a 20 year old wanted to face the allegations in Limón.

The Poder Judicial said Thursday afternoon that prosecutors in the Pacific coast community were seeking preventative detention against Watson. A judge is almost certain to grant that request.

Berrocal was shot once in the head. He was with other officers who

Funeral for Marco Antonio Berrocal included this honor guard.

Funeral for Marco Antonio Berrocal included this honor guard.

tried to locate and arrest Smith in a palm plantation. It appears that the officers split up to better cover the area. Berrocal had been a police officer since 1996, said the ministry.

He received a funeral with full honors.

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