Chairman nabbed for shooting CIDG cop

AGENTS of the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Batangas have arrested a village chairman in Lipa City who was tagged earlier as one of the suspects in the shooting of a CIDG operative in the province last week.

CIDG Chief, Director Samuel Pagdilao Jr., identified the arrested suspect as Rolando Hernandez, 44, chairman of Brgy. Malitlit in Lipa City.

The CIDG in Batangas is also hot on the trail of the brother of the arrested village chief, Jose Hernandez Jr., who shot the victim, SPO3 Emmanuel Lorzano, 38, a member of Batangas CIDG.

Agcaoili said that Lorzano was shot at around 3:30 p.m. last Wednesday, April 4, at a local resort in Sitio Tagbakin, Brgy. Halang, Lipa City.

Investigation disclosed that Lorzano, who was incidentally in the said place with some relatives, responded to an altercation between a certain Eduardo Macasaet and the suspect.

While Lorzano was trying to pacify the altercation between the two, suspect Hernandez pulled a caliber .45 pistol tucked on his waist but the victim immediately scuffled and disarmed the suspect.

At this point, the other suspect pulled out his gun and shot Lorzano, hitting the victim on his left arm.

The gunman immediately fled after the shootout on board a motorized boat towards Mataas Na Kahoy town with his firearm while the victim was rushed to a hospital in Lipa City for medical treatment.

Responding CIDG operatives and members of Lipa City police station have arrested the barangay captain and confiscated from his possession his firearm.

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