TACLOBAN City – A Special Action Force (SAF) trooper was killed by his comrade after they had a heated argument in their barracks in Catbalogan, Samar, Monday dawn July 27.
Samar Police Director Col. Andre Dizon said the suspect Pat. Eduardo Dela Cruz, 33, and the victim Pat. Lloyd Imano, 32, who were both assigned at the 124 Special Action Company (SAC) and staying at the Catbalogan Gymnasium, got into an argument when the victim confronted the suspect, accusing him that he was the one who endorsed that he undergo “sureshock” training.
Sureshock training in SAF pertains to urban counter revolutionary warfare training.
At the height of the argument, Imano reportedly went into the bunkhouse of another SAF trooper Pat. Alvin Migrino.
But when he was about to come out, Dela Cruz shot the victim. The suspect later claimed that he thought Imano had taken a long firearm from Migrino’s bunkhouse to shoot him.
The victim was brought to the Samar Provincial Hospital in Catbalogan City, but was declared dead on-arrival by the attending physician.
The suspect voluntarily surrendered, together with his 9mm caliber pistol service firearm and eight live ammunition. He was brought to Catbalogan City Police Station for proper disposition.
Also recovered from the crime scene were four cartridge cases of 9mm Luger AP.
Himself a SAF trooper, Dizon said he was saddened by the incident. However, he clarified that it was an isolated incident.
“We are saddened by what happened and we will look into the incident. Away ng magkapatid ito (This is a fight between brothers),” he lamented.