Soldier kills teen, injures 1 in Negros Occidental

Published November 12, 2021, 10:24 AM

by Glazyl Masculino

BACOLOD CITY – A 15-year-old girl died while a man was injured after they were allegedly shot by a soldier in Barangay 1, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental on Wednesday.

Rescuers attend to the minor who was killed when hit by a stray bullet following a commotion between a man and a soldier in Barangay 1, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental Wednesday. (Photo courtesy of Kabankalan City Police Station / MANILA BULLETIN)

Police withheld the name of the minor-fatality who was hit by a stray bullet.

Wounded was Felix Estomo, 52, of Barangay 1.

Lt. Dennis Melgarejo, Kabankalan City deputy police chief, said the incident happened when Estomo arrived at the house of the minor’s father, where the latter was having a drinking session with Sgt. Lito Valdevieso Jr., 37, of Jaro, Iloilo City, a personnel of the Army’s 94th Infantry Battalion (IB).

Estomo allegedly asked for Valdevieso’s identification card to verify his identity. But the latter reportedly got irked and allegedly drew his .45 caliber pistol, hitting Estomo on the left shoulder.

Melgarejo said that Estomo managed to run, but he was chased by Valdevieso, who continued to fire at him, until the minor victim, who was sitting on a tricycle outside their house, was hit by a stray bullet on her chest.

Valdevieso then fled, but the responding policemen arrested him along the highway.

Police recovered from the crime scene a live cartridge, three empty cartridge cases, and a deformed slug of .45 caliber pistol.

Police also recovered from Valdevieso the firearm used with an extra magazine loaded with 14 live cartridges.

Melgarejo said they are waiting for the decision of the family of the deceased minor and the injured victim on the filing of case against Valdevieso, who has yet to be reached for comment.

Capt. Kim Apitong, officer-in-charge of Division Public Affairs Office (DPAO) of the 3rd Infantry Division (ID) said they were saddened by the incident.

Apitong said they do not tolerate such action which they considered an isolated case.

Apitong said they will coordinate with the police with regards to the investigation.