THE Hinigaran Municipal Police Station in Negros Occidental is awaiting the completion of the investigation report and other documents for the filing of charges against a security guard who killed a policeman at Canonoy Beach Resort last January 6.
Chief Inspector Jake Barila, town police chief, said on Monday they will finalize everything before noontime on Tuesday, and determine what case to be filed against suspect Joey Belenario, 39, of Barangay Anahaw.
Belenario will be released from detention after the 36-hour reglementary period if police fails to file the charges within the period.
On Saturday, Police Officer 2 Britches Talapiero, 36, of Barangay Granada, Bacolod City died after he was allegedly shot by Belenario when the latter responded to a commotion inside the beach resort.
Talapiero had an encounter with Leslie John Dojello, 22, after the latter’s altercation with the police officer’s brother. Talapiero shot Dojello during their confrontation.
Both their groups, who were having an outing at the resort, were believed to be under the influence of intoxicating liquor.
Belenario alleged that he tried to arrest Talapiero, but the policeman attempted to draw his gun, prompting him to fire at Talapiero, hitting him in the back.
Based on the post-mortem examination, Talapiero succumbed to a lone gunshot wound, Barila said.
Barila added that Talapiero’s father will stand as the complainant in the case against Belenario, who voluntarily surrendered to the police.
The flags of Bacolod City Police Office, and Police Station 5 in Barangay Granada, where Talapiero was assigned, were flown at half-mast as colleagues mourn his death.