Unidentified assailants gunned down in broad daylight the deputy chief of Police Station 6 in Bacolod City, at about 7:30 a.m. Saturday.
Senior Police Officer 4 Oscar Exaltado was in his uniform on his way to work, on board his motorcycle, when two gunmen riding a motorcycle, waylaid and simultaneously shot him multiple times, in front of the JR Torres High School in Barangay Singcang-Airport, Bacolod City, a police report said.
The 45-year-old police officer succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds on his body and head.
Senior Supt. Henry Biñas, Bacolod City Police Office officer-in-charge, said that they are looking at more than four suspects, as witnesses said there were two persons from a van, and two gunmen riding a motorcycle.
Several empty shells from firearms believed to be of .45 and 9mm caliber pistols were recovered from the crime scene but the complete list of recoveries will still be furnished by the Scene of the Crime Operatives personnel, he said.
Biñas said the service firearm of Exaltado was not recovered since several eyewitnesses claimed it was taken by one of the suspects, who used it to shoot the victim, to ensure that he was dead.
All angles are now being looked into, including, but not limited to drugs, job, and personal matters, Biñas said.
He said they had received information on Exaltado’s derogatory record on illegal drugs, but this is still being subjected to further investigation.
Chief Insp. Ariel Pico, BCPO public information officer, said yesterday that the suspects were wearing helmets and bonnets as described by witnesses.
“There was a closed-circuit television camera but the shooting was not covered due to its distance from the crime scene,” Pico said.
He said there are already witnesses who had surfaced and the police may request for cartographic sketches of the suspects.
The killing of Exaltado was an isolated case and the public need not panic as shooting is not rampant in the city, Biñas said.
Chief Supt. John Bulalacao, police regional director of Western Visayas, said he condemns the killing of Exaltado, and is assuring the bereaved family that they will ensure that justice will be served in the soonest time possible.
“I have already ordered the conduct of a thorough investigation on this incident to ensure the immediate arrest of the suspects,” Bulalacao said.
Exaltado had already been 24 years in the police service.
The Philippine flag at Police Station 6, where Exaltado was assigned as deputy chief, was flying at half-mast yesterday.*
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