Leyte’s town cop found shot dead


The Freeman - - REGION -

TA­CLOBAN CITY — A po­lice­man from the po­lice sta­tion of San Isidro town in Leyte was found dead, in a va­cant lot be­side the build­ing of the Depart­ment of Bud­get and Man­age­ment-8 in Ta­cloban City, with one gun­shot wound near his ear.

Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Rolando Bade, di­rec­tor of the Ta­cloban City Po­lice Of­fice, iden­ti­fied the vic­tim as Se­nior Po­lice Of­fi­cer 4 Den­nis Diaz, 47, and a brother of barangay coun­cil­woman Leizel Me­ne­ses of Barangay Fa­tima, this city.

Ini­tial re­ports re­vealed that at around 4 a.m. yes­ter­day, res­i­dents nearby heard a sin­gle fire of gun­shot at the area where Diaz’s body was found.

Bade said in­ves­ti­ga­tors are still try­ing to find leads to the crime and de­ter­mine the pos­si­ble mo­tive in the killing. He added that he is hop­ing for the im­me­di­ate res­o­lu­tion of the case, con­sid­er­ing that, across the crime scene, there is a CCTV cam­era in a pri­vate res­i­dence.

He added that the po­lice is now co­or­di­nat­ing with the house owner to get some pos­si­ble footage that would lead to the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of the killer.

Mean­while in San Ju­lian town of East­ern Sa­mar, Po­lice Of­fi­cer 2 Fred­er­ick Sa­man­tila, in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cer of the mu­nic­i­pal po­lice was shot and wounded Satur­day morn­ing, while re­spond­ing to a call for po­lice as­sis­tance.

The sus­pect, who is still at large un­til yes­ter­day, hit Sa­man­tila in the ab­domen. The po­lice­man is now treated at a hos­pi­tal in Ta­cloban City.

The home­made shot­gun, used by the sus­pect, was re­cov­ered by po­lice au­thor­i­ties shortly af­ter the shoot­ing in­ci­dent at Barangay Pu­tik in San Ju­lian.

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