I saw this news item in last week's PDI, and I was just perplexed by the statement that the policeman's service pistol went off twice. Does anyone else find it vague?
Gun goes off, kills veteran cop
Updated 10:51pm (Mla time) Sept 02, 2004
By Leila Salaverria
Inquirer News Service
Editor's Note: Published on page A23 of the September 3, 2004 issue of the Philippine
HOMICIDE investigators in Manila never thought they would be investigating the death of one of their own.
But they did just that Wednesday when SPO3 Solomon Bataller died after his service pistol fell and went off accidentally.
The incident happened in front of his 10-year-old son, who was unharmed.
The 49-year-old Bataller, a policeman for 24 years who had several awards to his name for being a veteran crime investigator, was declared dead on arrival at the Ospital ng Sampaloc.
He suffered two gunshot wounds.
Investigator SPO2 Diomedes Labarda said in his report that Bataller was cleaning his 9 mm pistol inside his house on Felina Street, Sampaloc, Wednesday afternoon when the accident took place.
Bataller was watching television with his son, when the pistol slipped from his hands and fell on the floor, police said.
The gun reportedly went off twice, hitting him in the chin and in the chest. His son then called for help.
Members of the Western Police District said Battaler was a great loss to the police force and his death was a shock to most of them.
"Hindi namin akalain na iimbestigahan namin ang pagkamatay ng kasamahan namin (We never thought we would be investigating a colleague's death)," said SPO2 Edison Bertoldo, who worked in the morning shift with Bataller.
Colleagues told the Inquirer that Bataller used to be in the Marines before he joined the police force.
In his stint as a policeman, Bataller worked as an investigator and was named three times as the best investigator of the year. He was also a director of the Manila's Finest Brotherhood Association, Inc.
WPD spokesperson Chief Insp. Gerry Agunod said that since Bataller died while still in active service, his family would be receiving full death benefits for members of the Philippine National Police.