Victorias police chief relieved after accidental firing

SUPERINTENDENT Frederick Mead has been relieved from his post as chief of Victorias City Police Station effective May 22 in the wake of the investigation on his involvement in the accidental firing that injured one of his personnel.

In his stead, Chief Inspector Norberto Barniso, city deputy chief, was named officer-in-charge.

Superintendent William Señoron, acting director of Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (Nocppo), said Mead has been reassigned to the Nocppo headquarters in Bacolod City under his direct supervision.

Señoron said he ordered Mead's relief so he could not affect the course of the investigation.

"This is to avoid biases while the investigation is not yet completed," he added.

Mead accidentally injured Police Officer 1 Marvin Gustilo when the latter's service firearm that he was holding went off and hit Gustilo, who was fixing targets during their firearm proficiency training.

Both Mead and Gustilo have been asked to submit their respective affidavits.

Señoron said he will meet with Mead and the Nocppo legal counsel today, May 24.

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