A SECURITY guard seemingly shot himself while on duty in Talisay City, Negros Occidental, early morning Thursday.

The fatality was identified as Jessie Remo, 39, of Barangay San Fernando, Talisay City, detailed at First Farmers Holding Corp. in Barangay Dos Hermanas.

Superintendent Thomas Martir, chief of the Talisay City Police Station, said that Remo may have fallen asleep and dropped his service firearm, causing it to go off and hit him in the stomach. He died on the spot.

"The trajectory of the shotgun went upwards. It also hit the ceiling," the police chief added.

Martir said Remo's colleagues checked on him around 5 a.m., at which time he was alive and well.

Around 20 minutes later, security guards in nearby areas heard a blast. They brushed it off as a firecracker.

At 8 a.m., Remo's colleagues found him dead at his post.

Martir said police have ruled out foul play as there were no signs of struggle at the scene of the incident.

"The victim's belongings and cellphone were still there," he added.

Pedicab driver shot

Meanwhile, a pedicab driver was shot dead at Mercury Street, Henrietta Village, Barangay Singcang-Airport, Bacolod City, last Wednesday.

Police identified the fatality as Jaime Maghari, 63, a resident of Purok Kaingin Barangay Singcang-Airport.

Witnesses said Maghari was driving his pedicab when two unidentified men on board a motorcycle fired at him around 6:50 p.m. The gunmen then fled.

Maghari was rushed to the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital, but he succumbed to his wounds.

Police recovered a steel pipe, bladed weapon, knapsack, and a baseball cap from the crime scene.

Chief Inspector Ser Ulrick Gelera, chief of Police Station 8, said they are conducting further investigation to arrest the suspects.

Couple shot, robbed

In San Carlos City, a couple were shot and robbed on their way home in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental, late Wednesday afternoon.

Police identified the victims as Virgilio Sabroso, 41, and his girlfriend, Rosemarie Taping, 36, both of Sitio Sampung, Barangay Nataban.

Chief Inspector Mark Darroca, deputy chief of the San Carlos City Police Office, said the victims, who had a lending business, were walking home when they were waylaid and shot by unidentified gunmen at around 5:30 p.m.

Sabroso sustained two gunshot wounds on his abdomen while Taping was shot in her legs and buttocks. Both victims were treated at a hospital.

Darroca said the suspects had been waiting for the victims, who came from Salvador Benedicto.

The suspects carted away the victims' sling bag containing P12,000.

Police are still looking into the incident. (MPE/MAP)