A former soldier was fatally shot by a police training officer on Tuesday in an incident caught on video in Barangay Pasong Putik in Quezon City.
A report by the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) identified the fatality as Winston Ragos, 34 and the shooter as P/Master Sgt. Daniel Florendo Jr.
Ragos expired at a hospital about a couple of hours after the incident which happened at 2:30 in the afternoon.
The video showed Florendo firing two shots at Ragos after the latter turned to face the policeman and acted like he was drawing something from his sling bag.
Before the shooting, Ragos had his back turned on Florendo with his arms raised to his side while he was standing on the pavement in front of an eatery along Maligaya Drive, corner Sampaguita Street.
The cops can be heard in the video shouting at Ragos to drop to the ground but he did not heed them and instead turned to face Florendo and exchanged some words before moving as if to draw a gun. It was at that point that the cop fired.
Prior to the incident, Ragos allegedly bullied the police trainees at a quarantine checkpoint from the Highway Patrol Group who reported the incident to Florendo.
The police report said found inside Ragos’ small bag was a Smith and Wesson revolver with four bullets along with his personal effects.
Florendo surrendered his 9mm service pistol and submitted himself to investigation.
Ragos was apparently known to the woman inside the eatery as she shouted hysterically at the cops that the ex-soldier was suffering from “war shock.”
Meanwhile, QCPD director Police Brigadier General Ronnie Montejo announced on Tuesday that Florendo will face criminal and administrative investigation after he voluntarily surrendered himself and his service firearm used in the shooting incident.
Montejo said that investigation is now being conducted by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (CIDU) and the District Internal Affairs Service.
The QCPD director added that what they can tell based on the actions of Florendo was that it was a “judgment call” on the part of the police training officer, but they will still conduct investigations.
He also reiterated his appeal to the public to obey the enhanced community quarantine guidelines and to stay home to prevent the spread of the COVID-19