Au­topsy rules out ‘strug­gle’

The Freeman - - NEWS -

Re­sults of the au­topsy on the 36-yearold de­tainee who was shot dead by a barangay tanod last Tues­day mid­night seem to in­di­cate he was shot from a short dis­tance, ac­cord­ing to the Cebu City Po­lice Of­fice Homi­cide Sec­tion.

Se­nior Po­lice Of­fi­cer 2 Wet­zel Berry said that the gun­shot wound in the right side of Len­don Abad­i­nas’ chest was from a gun fired about an arm’s length away.

This prompted in­ves­ti­ga­tors to doubt the claims of sus­pect Jun­nel Sanchez even more.

Sanchez, a barangay tanod, al­leged that the vic­tim at­tempted to wres­tle the gun from his grip, re­sult­ing in him ac­ci­den­tally pulling the trig­ger.

The po­lice said they al­ready found in­con­sis­ten­cies in the state­ments of Sanchez and another barangay tanod iden­ti­fied as Jerome Mi­ral, based on the records of Barangay Er­mita’s log­book.

The log­book in the barangay hall where vic­tim was brought in­di­cates he was ar­rested for theft, and not for threat­en­ing to hurt peo­ple with a steel bar, as what the tanods claimed.

The log­book says the tanods spot­ted Abad­i­nas bur­glar­iz­ing a store in the Car­bon Mar­ket around 6:30 p.m. last Mon­day. When the tanods ap­proached Abad­i­nas he al­legedly re­sisted and threat­ened to hurt them with the steel bar.

How­ever con­trary to the state­ment of the tanods that they ar­rested him Mon­day evening, two men who were de­tained along with Abad­i­nas at the barangay hall stock­ade said Abad­i­nas was placed there Sun­day night.

Berry said that dur­ing their in­ves­ti­ga­tion they were not able to trace any com­plainant for the al­leged bur­glary of the vic­tim.

The Homi­cide Sec­tion is now call­ing on the vic­tim’s fam­ily to claim his re­mains at St. Fran­cis Fu­neral Homes.

A case for mur­der was filed against the two tanods yes­ter­day af­ter­noon be­fore the City Pros­e­cu­tor’s Of­fice.

L. Avila/BRP

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