A DETAINEE was shot by a policeman after he escaped from the lock-up cell of Himamaylan City Police Station at Barangay Talaban Tuesday.

Police identified the suspect as Rene Sarona, 45, of Barangay Carabalan in said city.

Himamaylan City Police Station chief Antonietto Cañete said Thursday that at about 5:30 p.m., Sarona was charged before the Himamaylan City Prosecutor’s Office for murder and attempted homicide.

While waiting for the commitment order to transfer him to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) facility, Sarona, who was inside the lock- up cell, shouted and begged to the desk officer Police Officer 3 Elnie Jun Moncada that he needed a medical check-up because he was not feeling well.

When Moncada opened the lock-up cell to check Sarona’s condition, the detainee suddenly stood up and pushed the door that caused Moncada to fall on the floor.

The detainee forcibly took Moncada’s service firearm and ran toward the sugarcane plantation near the station.

Policemen together with the force multipliers and traffic enforcers conducted a hot pursuit operation, and negotiated with Sarona to surrender, but he refused.

At about 7 p.m., Police Officer 3 Vincent Limaco cornered the detainee inside the sugarcane plantation and he advised him to surrender, but Sarona tried to shoot him.

For self-defense, Limaco also took his firearm and shot the detainee in his right leg.

The detainee continued to run and hid inside the sugarcane plantation, where he stayed overnight.

At about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, the wounded detainee was found sleeping inside the sugarcane plantation with the stolen firearm.

The suspect was brought to the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in Bacolod City, and he is now in stable condition.

Sarona tried to escape after he received information that the family of the victims he killed is planning revenge against him, the police said.

Cañete said they will file separate complaints against Sarona for robbery, illegal possession of firearms, and attempted homicide.