AN EX-CONVICT died after he was shot by his live-in partner at 5:45 p.m. Sunday, November 27, 2022, in Sitio Balhaan, Barangay Madridejos, Alegria town, southwest Cebu.

Neil Leproso, 41, a fisherman who was previously imprisoned at the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center in Barangay Kalunasan, Cebu City due to illegal possession of firearm, succumbed to a gunshot wound on his head.

His live-in partner, Niña Dagoc, immediately fled after the incident and is now at large.

Dagoc reportedly fired thrice but only hit the victim once in the head.

Lieutenant Alexus Tangub, chief of Alegria Police Station, said in an interview with SunStar Cebu that the relatives of the victim heard the couple quarreling with each other, followed by the bursts of gunfire.

"Kanunay naman daw ni sila maglalis, unya dagko kaayog mga tingog! Kalit lang dunay buto-buto katulo. Sa pagsusi nila nagbuy-od ang biktima nagkadugo ang ulo," Tangub said.

(They always had quarrels and they had a loud voice. They suddenly heard three shots fired. They checked and found the victim sprawling with blood on his head.)

The suspect fled on board a motorcycle.

The police, however, have yet to establish whether the driver of the motorcycle was waiting for Dagoc or he was just hired by the suspect.

The victim was freed on May 24, 2022.

After his release, he came back to his live-in partner and had gone fishing for a living.

According to Tangub, they learned that Dagoc had already left her live-in partner and would just visit the latter often.

The suspect reportedly hails from Davao.

Tangub said they recovered from the crime scene three spent shells of .45 pistol, but the firearm allegedly used in the killing was not there anymore, arousing suspicion that it was taken by the suspect. (GPL, TPT)