Rookie cop accidentally fires gun, kills inmate watching TV in Aurora

Published March 7, 2021, 5:11 PM

by Liezle Basa Iñigo

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga – A rookie policeman was disarmed after he accidentally killed a detainee while allegedly toying with his gun inside the San Luis Municipal Station in Aurora Saturday.

Police Regional Office 3 (PRO 3) director Police Brig. Gen. Valeriano T. de Leon ordered Police Col. Julius Lizardo, director of the Aurora police, to place Police Patrolman Christian Torres, 27, under restrictive custody while being investigated for the accidental firing that resulted in the death of inmate Christian Gabral, 30.

Police Lt Col. Soledad Elefanio, spokesperson of the PRO3, said Torres went in front of the detention cell, drew his issued short firearm, and began playing with it. The gun accidently went off, hitting Gabral who was then watching television.

Gabral sustained a bullet wound in the chest and was rushed to the hospital but he was pronounced dead on arrival.

“If found guilty, he will be meted with both administrative and criminal charges. We do not condone any irregularities of our personnel,” De Leon said.

He also ordered to subject Torres to a drug test.

The Provincial Internal Affairs Service is also conducting a motu propio investigation on the case. (With a report from Ariel Avendano)