Cops nab guard who shot German

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Friday, May 9, 2014


AFTER a ten-hour chase, police arrested yesterday dawn a security guard accused of killing an elderly German national in Alcoy, Cebu.

Jerome Niere, 38, was arrested in the outskirts of Barangay Nangka, Boljoon at 12:39 a.m.

Niere is the suspect in the fatal shooting of Hans Jurgen Hesse, 60, inside a retirement village in Barangay Guiwang, Alcoy on Thursday.

Operatives of Provincial Investigation and Detective Management Branch (PIDMB) of Cebu Provincial Police Office saw Niere in his residence at 2 p.m.

Upon sensing the presence of authorities, Niere fled towards the woods, resulting in an hours-long chase, said Senior Insp. Wilson Abot, who led the operation.

He told reporters that Niere’s family, particularly his siblings, helped the suspect escape.

Fear

“He refused to surrender because he was afraid he’d get killed,” Abot said.

Niere’s family eventually assisted police in looking for him after they told they could be charged with obstruction of justice.

Interviewed by reporters, Niere said he was forced to shoot Hesse after the latter was about to charge on him.

“He was about to attack me,” he said, adding that he didn’t see what Hesse was holding because it was dark.

Niere said he warned Hesse, but the victim didn’t heed it.

“I really thought he was a thief because his face was covered,” Niere said.

He added that he and other security guards have been on their toes following several burglary incidents in the resort.

A licensed security guard, Niere has been working at the Sola Homes Retirement Resort, which is also owned by a German national, for two years.

No bad blood

Niere clarified there was no bad blood between him and Hesse, who reportedly came to the resort last September with his wife.

During the press briefing, Supt. Rodolfo Albotra, head of the PIDMB, said they are now weighing what charges to be filed against Niere.

“If there’s premeditation, it could be murder. If not, it will be homicide,” he said.

Niere has been subjected to a paraffin test at the PNP Regional Crime Laboratory Office 7.

Police investigators also requested a ballistic examination on the 9mm pistol, the service firearm of Niere allegedly used in the crime.

“They have undergone training and know how to respond certain situations. They should only use necessary force. If there’s no aggression, then there’s no need to use firearms,” Albotra advised security guards.

In a separate interview, Insp. Crisanto Abella, Alcoy Police Station chief, said they are now looking for a footage from a closed-circuit television camera that might have filmed the whole incident.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 10, 2014.

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