A fireman was arrested by Station 1 policemen yesterday after he allegedly shot a trisikad driver who helped him stand up when he fall on the pavement at the junction of Galo and San Juan Streets, Bacolod City.
Station 1 commander, Chief Insp. Adonis Rosales, identified the victim as Jose Cordova, 36, of Purok Masinadyahon in Brgy. 12, Bacolod.
Cordova who was hit on his left side was rushed to the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital, where he died while being treated at about 1:30 p.m. yesterday.
Investigation conducted by Police Officer 3 Johnny Dela Peña showed that the suspect, Fire Officer 1 Isaac Cabana, lost control of his bicycle in front of the Bacolod City Water District Office at about 11 a.m. Cordova helped him get up but instead of thanking him, the fireman allegedly shot the trisikad driver.
Cabana, meanwhile, said he only retaliated because Cordova had shot him with a .38 caliber revolver, but witnesses said Cordova had no gun and the fireman shot him without provocation.
Cabana admitted that he was under the influence of alcoholic liquor but he denied that he was drunk.
Asked by the media why he had injuries on his head, Cabana said, he rolled on the ground while shooting Cordova because he wanted to be like a stunt man.
A .45 caliber pistol, a fired bullet and a cartridge of the same caliber, and three magazines were recovered from Cabana, police records show.
Chief Insp. Bartolome Beliran, Bacolod City Fire marshal, said they will also conduct a separate investigation on the incident to determine the possible administrative liability of Cabana.
Homicide charges will be filed against Cabana, who is now detained at the lock-up cell of Police station 1.*APN