A cop was shot within the leg after two police officers had a shootout following a row over a toothpick.
The gunfight occurred at a small restaurant in Caloocan City yesterday (Saturday, September 16).
The injured cop was recognized as Rommel Bautista of Caloocan City Police. His shooter was recognized as John Paul dela Fuente of the Manila Police District.
According to a report by GMA News, the gunfight stemmed from a quarrel between the Manila cop and a person recognized as Danny Santa Maria, who had been each consuming on the canteen.
An eyewitness mentioned that Santa Maria took a toothpick from the cop’s desk. The police officer took offence and a quarrel between them ensued.
Although Santa Maria apologised, the witness mentioned, De la Fuente continued shouting and swearing at him.
Santa Maria then punched the cop, who retaliated. Bystanders intervened to separate the 2 males.
Santa Maria then left the restaurant, however returned shortly with Bautista. Witnesses say that De la Fuente instantly drew his gun to shoot Santa Maria, however as a substitute hit Bautista within the thigh.
Further particulars of the gun duel are unclear, however investigators recovered 13 spent bullet shells on the scene.
Bautista is now being handled at Caloocan City Medical Center. De la Fuente fled the scene and is now the topic of a manhunt.
Toothpick gunfight and different misdemeanours…
As we reported on Friday, the whole 1,200-strong police pressure in Caloocan is to be sacked and retrained in response to a collection of controversies, together with the killing of two youngsters and a housebreaking.
Metro Manila police chief Oscar Albayalde mentioned right now (Friday, September 15) that after 45 days of retraining they might be reassigned to different police models, not essentially in Manila.
The transfer comes amid intense scrutiny of police actions in Caloocan after the killing of 17-year previous Kian Loyd Delos Santos final month in what police declare was an anti-drugs operation. Three officers concerned in his killing say he fired at them they usually acted in self-defence.
His legal professionals and household, nonetheless, preserve he was murdered in chilly blood.
Another teenager, Carl Arnaiz, suffered an analogous destiny. He was accused of making an attempt to rob a taxi driver and taking pictures at police who tried to arrest him. The taxi driver has instructed reporters he noticed him alive in custody.
The order additionally adopted studies that Caloocan cops raided an aged girl’s dwelling and stole cash. The incident was captured on CCTV.
Footage of the alleged theft (under) was uploaded on social media websites and went viral.