A POLICE officer was believed to have shot himself in his chest using his government-issued firearm at the Negros Occidental Provincial Mobile Force Company in Barangay Mabini, Escalante City around 4:20 p.m. on June 14.
The victim was identified as Patrolman Richard Villasis, 26 years old, single and resident of Barangay Jaena Norte, Jamindan, Capiz. Police have not established his motive for shooting himself.
Based on a police report, Staff Sergeant Romel Aguilar discovered the body of Villasis lying on his bed with blood visible on his chest.
He also noticed the victim's issued handgun on the floor, several feet away from the victim’s bed.
He informed the guard on duty as well as alarmed all the personnel present in the detachment and called the Escalante City Police Station for assistance.
Initial investigation revealed that Villasis wrapped his issued firearm with a towel to mute the gunshot and pointed the gun to his chest.
He sustained a gunshot wound on his chest. The bullet exited at the back portion of his body.
The Scene of the Crime Operatives recovered from the crime scene one caliber .45 pistol Colt MK4 Series 70, loaded with one live ammunition with magazine attached and loaded with 5 live ammunition, and fired cartridge case.
Meanwhile, a man died after he was stabbed in Sitio Bunga, Brgy. Quintin Remo, Moises Padilla also on June 14.
The victim was identified as Danilo Marcosa, 45, while the suspect was identified as Archel Mission, 23.
Based on police investigation, the victim and the suspect were having a drinking spree when the suspect stabbed the victim.
A witness immediately informed the brother-in-law of the victim about the incident.
The body of the victim was brought to Nalagon Funeral Homes in Moises Padilla for post mortem examination.
Recovered from the crime scene were one bolo with scabbard and military lousy cap that belonged to the victim. (Teresa D. Ellera)