A town police chief was shot and injured yesterday by an armed suspect, whom he and his men tried to persuade to surrender peacefully at Hacienda Manucao-A in Brgy,. Palayog, Hinigaran, Negros Occidental.
Chief Inspector Jake Barila, Hinigaran police chief, sustained a gunshot wound in his left thigh, but is now in stable condition, Police Inspector Charmae De Paz, Public Information Officer of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, saidyesterday.
Barila and members of the Hinigaran police responded to a letter requestof Victoria de Ysasi, through her daughter,Marie, reporting that her son, Dabi, was acting violently and indiscriminately firing his .45 caliber pistol inside their house.
Police investigations showed that the suspect, who was wearing a bullet proof vest, allegedly mauled his mother, and threatened to kill anybody, if she would not give him money.
Barila,who responded to the call for help, tried to convince Dabi to calm down and surrender peacefully. But De Paz said the suspect was violent and fired his gun at members of the Hinigaran police, hitting Barila, who was wearing a bullet proof vest, in the left thigh.
Despite his injury, De Paz said Chief Inspector Barila managed to retaliate, by shooting the suspect with his M16 rifle, hitting him in the chest.
Barila is now being treated for his injury at a private hospital in Bacolod City, while the suspect is now confined at the Corazon Locsin Regional Memorial Hospital in Bacolod City.
Investigationsof the Hinigaran police, De Paz said, showed that the suspect, who is an adopted son of a gun enthusiast, is a newly identified drug personality in the town.
Recovered from the place where the suspect made his last stand were five links of .30 caliber machine gun ammunition, a link of a .50 caliber machine gun, assorted ammunition boxes, abipod for an M-60 machine gun, a Kevlar helmet, several empty shells of a .45 caliber pistol, a bullet proof vest, one back-18 apersmine, a Para Ordinance .45 caliber pistol loaded with a magazine containing seven live ammunition,three reloading machines for ammunition of a shotgun, a 9mm pistol and .38 caliber revolver, aside from the .45 caliber pistol were recovered from the suspect, De Paz said.*GPB
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