3 An­ge­les City cops re­lieved for shooting of Mus­lim boy

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CITY OF SAN FER­NANDO - The two po­lice of­fi­cers in­volved in the shooting of a Mus­lim boy in An­ge­les City were re­lieved from their posts along with their sta­tion chief.

Po­lice Re­gional Of­fice (PRO)-Cen­tral Lu­zon di­rec­tor Amador Cor­pus con­firmed to SunS­tar Pam­panga that he or­dered the temporary re­lief of Po­lice Of­fi­cer 1 (PO1) Aizel Dean Marie Lopez and PO1 Os­mond Rivera.

Lopez and Rivera are un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion fol­low­ing their al­leged shooting of 16-year-old Sal­man Pundato Ma­cal in Barangay Bal­ibago in An­ge­les City re­cently.

“I or­dered the city di­rec­tor of An­ge­les City to tem­po­rar­ily re­lieve the in­volved po­lice­men while the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing,” Cor­pus said.

He added that Se­nior In­spec­tor Dange Cabungkal, Po­lice Sta­tion 4 chief, was also re­lieved from his post due to “com­mand re­spon­si­bil­ity.”

The three po­lice­men are now in “float­ing sta­tus,” Cor­pus said.

Mean­while, Ma­cal is now in sta­ble con­di­tion and is still con­fined at the Jose B. Lin­gad Re­gional Memo­rial Hos­pi­tal.

The vic­tim's mom, Kayasama, how­ever, fears that her son would be par­a­lyzed since the 9mm bul­let that hit him dam­aged his spinal cord.

PO1s Lopez and Rivera claimed in the po­lice re­port that the in­ci­dent was an “armed en­counter.” They al­leged that Ma­cal first pointed his gun at them, but the vic­tim's mother re­futed say­ing his son never owned a gun.

The boy was re­port­edly test-driv­ing a mo­tor­cy­cle near their house when he was blocked by a po­lice mo­bile pa­trol car.

Af­ter Ma­cal sup­pos­edly hit the pa­trol car, the two po­lice of­fi­cers alighted from the car and the two par­ties en­gaged in a dis­cus­sion.

Ac­cord­ing to Lopez and Rivera, Ma­cal tried to shot them when they were about to ap­proach him.

The vic­tim, whose gun failed to went off, was shot by PO1 Lopez as seen in the CCTV footage re­leased to me­dia.

It was also stated in the po­lice re­port that they were on pa­trol when they saw the vic­tim onboard a mo­tor­cy­cle and his com­pan­ion on an­other mo­tor­bike.

“Upon see­ing the mo­bile pa­trol, the duo rid­ers started their mo­tor­cy­cles' en­gines and sped off hur­riedly,” they stated, adding they chased them and were able to catch up with the teenager while his com­pan­ion was able to get away.

The vic­tim's mother re­futed the po­lice of­fi­cers' state­ment.

Kayasama said she was in her store look­ing at his son

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