Police arrested while confined in the hospital

By Chris Ligan
Cebu Daily News
Last updated 06:09pm (Mla time) 07/10/2007

Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines – A Lapu-Lapu City police was arrested while confined in a private hospital in Cebu City when he was tagged by a woman as the one who allegedly shot her in Sitio (district) Humay-Humay, Barangay (village) Gun-ob, Lapu-Lapu City early Monday morning.


The victim, Beatriz Luriosa, 46, of Humay-Humay, was standing near a group of her neighbors, who were playing an illegal gamble of toss coin or locally known as “hantak” when Police Officer 2 Dante Villacarlos arrived.


Villacarlos, who is assigned at the Lapu-Lapu City Precinct 5, allegedly demanded money from the gamblers but was irked when they refused to yield.


He allegedly pulled out his service revolver, a .38 caliber pistol and fired two shots, hitting Luriosa on her left arm.


Villacarlos immediately left onboard his motorcycle but met a road accident while traversing the Mactan-Mandaue bridge.


Responding policemen allegedly recovered a .38 caliber revolver with two empty shells and three live bullets from Villacarlos’ possession.


Luriosa, who was brought to the Lapu-Lapu City District Hospital, positively identified Villacarlos as the one who shot her.


Superintendent Louie Oppus ordered to handcuff and to guard Villacarlos while undergoing medication.


Oppus, chief of Lapu-Lapu City Police Station, said Villacarlos would be imprisoned upon his discharge from the hospital.


He assured that a proper investigation would be conducted against Villacarlos. An administrative case would also be filed against the erring policeman.


Oppus urged Luriosa to file a criminal case against Villacarlos.


“I will assure the people that if any of my men commit a mistake, an administrative case is already there and I hope they won’t take this as a personal affront. This could mean that they would be barred or booted out from the service,” Oppus said.


The Homicide Section would subject Villacarlos to a paraffin test and conduct a ballistic examination on his firearm to determine if he fired a shot.


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