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.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: