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Gun of police chief goes off in
scuffle, shooting suspect killed

BY JUDY F. PARTLOW

A suspect in a shooting incident in La Libertad, Negros Oriental, died when the M-16 armalite rifle he allegedly grabbed from Insp. Eric Errol Besario, the town police chief, went off during a scuffle, at about 7 p.m. Monday.

Joram Camero Gaceta, 33, of Canggabo, La Libertad, was hit in the head, and died on arrival at a hospital in Guihulngan City, police reports show.

Initial investigation showed that Gaceta and his younger brother, Crisanto, were being hunted by the police, for reportedly shooting Juanito Carlos, in Barangay Mandapaton, La Libertad.

When the La Libertad police received information about Gaceta’s whereabouts, they secured the house where he was hiding, but he jumped out of the window upon seeing the policemen. The civilians reportedly gave chase and mauled the suspect, police reports said.

The policemen were breaking up the scuffle, when Gaceta allegedly took hold of Besario’s assault rifle. But the firearm accidentally discharged, hitting the suspect in the chin.

The Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office is investigating the circumstances behind the death of Gaceta, who reportedly had a .38 caliber revolver and ammunition.*JFP

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