Shooting of former guard mars fiesta-A A +A
Monday, February 3, 2014
THE eve of a fiesta celebration in Barangay Antipolo, Medellin, Cebu was marred by a shooting incident that killed a former security guard on Sunday.
Two men, including a police officer, were arrested by police after they were tagged as suspects in the death of 62-year-old Linley Saplad.
Police identified them as Mark Ben Anthony Monteron, 26, of Gorordo Ave., Cebu City and PO2 Edwin Tumangan, 38, of Barangay Daanlungsod, Medellin.
SPO4 Eufrosino Aguisanda Jr. of Medellin Police Station said Monteron was reportedly slapped by Saplad after he accidentally grazed on the victim during a drinking session.
Monteron was at a store at that time to buy load for his mobile phone.
“Nibuhi pa kuno ni ug istorya nga bantay kay naa baya koy kauban nga pulis (Said something like a warning that he had a cop friend),” Aguisanda told Sun.Star Cebu.
The suspect went home, but came back past 7 p.m.
Monteron allegedly fired shots at Saplad, who was talking with his cousin.
He then went back to Tumangan, who was seen by witnesses as the one who drove the motorcycle.
Tumangan is assigned in the Regional Maritime Unit 7 in Barangay Pusok, Lapu-Lapu City.
Saplad was brought to a hospital in Bogo City, but died before receiving treatment. He sustained multiple gunshot wounds.
Police conducted a hot pursuit and found the suspects, hiding in the house of Tumangan’s relative in Sitio Santa Cruz.
Chief Insp. Fructuoso Lim, the town’s police chief, told Sun.Star Superbalita they negotiated with the suspects, but it took them some time to come out.
The village chief was the first one who talked with the suspects’ camp to release them after they denied Monteron and Tumangan were inside the house.
Lim said they sought the help of Medellin Mayor Ricky Ramirez wherein the suspects then yielded to them.
Recovered from them were a 9mm service firearm of Tumangan with a magazine loaded with fourteen live bullets.
When interviewed by police, the suspects denied taking part in the crime. Police, however, have witnesses identifying Monteron as the gunman and Tumangan as cohort.
The suspects yesterday underwent a paraffin test while a ballistic examination will be conducted on Tumangan’s firearm. A complaint of murder will be filed against them.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 03, 2014.