A suspected robber was killed and his companion injured when they were shot by unidentified person/s for allegedly ransacking in broad daylight a house at St. Ann Subdivision in Purok Carvic, Barangay Mandalagan in Bacolod City, at about 3 p.m. Sunday.
The fatality was identified as Reymund Hizon, 38, of Barangay 1 in La Carlota town, Negros Occidental. He was brought to the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital but was declared dead on arrival, the police said.
Hizon’s companion, Glenn Fidel, 29, of Barangay Taculing in Bacolod, sustained gunshot wounds on his right ear and right palm, and was also brought to CLMMRH, police records show.
Investigation showed that Hizon, Fidel and their unidentified companion, destroyed the padlock of the gate with a bolt cutter, and pried open the door of the house owned by Manuel Osano, with a tire range, police records show.
Hizon, Fidel and the unidentified man took a microwave and a computer speaker, and attempted to escape on board a motorcycle but were stopped and mauled by bystanders and residents, Senior Supt. Pedrito Escarilla, Bacolod Police officer-in-charge, said yesterday.
Later, residents heard gunshots, and saw Hizon fall on the ground, while Fidel, who was fleeing, was arrested by policemen, Escarilla said, adding that the other suspect evaded arrest.
Escarilla said they have not yet determined who shot Hizon and Fidel, since no witnesses have surfaced to help them in the investigation
Escarilla said that it was not the policemen, who responded to the scene, who shot the suspects. He also said residents in the area were “uncooperative”.
Meanwhile, John Bee Banday, 39, also of Brgy. Mandalagan, was hit by a stray bullet on his left leg, and was also brought to the same hospital, police records show.
A Caspian .380 caliber pistol loaded with one magazine with two live ammunition of .380 caliber and a holster were recovered from Hizon, while a jungle knife was seized from Fidel, police records show.
The police recovered the stolen appliances, three fired cartridges case of.45 caliber pistol, a blue bag containing a bolt cutter, a tire range, a socket range, a wallet, and a red Honda XRM motorcycle with no plate number used as a getaway vehicle of the suspects.
The gun will be subjected to ballistic examination, while charges for robbery are being readied against Fidel, Escarilla said.*SGG
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