A RETIRED judge was shot dead by unidentified gunmen Thursday, February 2, at Borja-Rizal Street, Washington village, Surigao City.

Police Officer 3 Henry Dalit, investigator of the Surigao City Police Office, identified the victim as Victor Amalia Canoy, a retired executive judge of Regional Trial Court, Branch 29.

Dalit said Canoy was on his way to buy food at an eatery just across his office at about 11 a.m. Thursday, when motorcycle-riding gunmen shot Canoy in different parts of his body. Canoy died on the spot.

Dalit said the two gunmen, who covered their faces with handkerchiefs to conceal their identity, used a 9 mm. pistol with a silencer.

Recovered from the crime scene were three empty shells.

Dalit said initially, the motive of the killing could be work-related, given the nature of his job.

"Retired judge siya pero naa siya'y law office gihapon, ug amo gyud nga gituohan nga work-related ang motive sa pagpatay. Sa karon padayon pa gihapon ang investigation (He is a retired judge but he has a law office and we believe that the motive of the killing is work-related. For now, investigation is ongoing)," he said.

Canoy’s family also believes that the motive behind the brutal killing is work-related and they are still in shock as the victim did not mention any problems at work in the past few days.

Dalit said that a police officer, who was patrolling near the area, was able to respond and shoot one of the suspects who fled towards Kaskag area, the city's public market.

Witnesses said that bloodstains were visible in the Kaskag area, which could possibly be the suspect's.

Canoy, in his working years, has handled capital offenses like rape, homicide and murder cases, among others.