Police confident to solve village chief’s slay attempt PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 23 January 2011 15:48

City Police Director Sr. Supt. Edwin Deocampo is optimistic that the gunmen who shot and wounded the barangay chairman of Baluno will be arrested soon as the police have already gotten information on their identities.

Although Deocampo did not name names, he expressed confidence that the assailants are still hiding in the highland of Baluno as he believes that they are living in the western part of the city.
Based on ocular investigation conducted by himself, the city police director said there was an indication that the gunmen ran towards the bushes after the shooting.

Deocampo went personally to the crime scene few minutes after the shooting and supervisied the investigation.

During that moment, Deocampo found a homemade shotgun locally called ‘sumpak’ with one live ammunition and a pair of rubber sandals few meters away where Felix Custodio was found wounded.

Deocampo said the gunmen left the “sumpak” and the pair of sandals in a haste while fleeing the scene.

The police official believes that the triggerman had a companion based on signs seen in the bushes.

Deocampo added that the gunman used a .22 revolver handgun to shoot Custodio and not a high powered pistol like .45 caliber pistol or a .38 caliber revolver.

Three persons including a barangay councilman voluntarily submitted themselves for a paraffin test few hours after the incident.

Police are looking into Custodio’s functions as village chief that may have prompted the assailants to try to kill him.

Custodio has been standing firm against any illegal activities like mining or quarrying.
The barangay chairman was still in the intensive care unit (ICU) of Brent Hospital as of press time. — Dan Toribio Jr.