CCTV footages lead to arrest of man who shot street dweller in QC

Published July 5, 2022, 7:48 PM

by Aaron Homer Dioquino

Operatives of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) arrested Monday, July 4, a man who shot a street dweller in Quezon City on Sunday, July 3.

The QCPD Galas Station (PS 11) reported that the suspect, Aurelio Ramos IV, 25, a family driver, was arrested in his house in Brgy. Don Manuel, Quezon City. He was located through the help of footages from closed-circuit television cameras in the crime scene.

Police said that the incident happened at the corner of D. Tuazon and Lourdes Streets in Brgy. Don Manuel at around 6:10 a.m. on Sunday.

Ramos, who was driving his sports utility vehicle (SUV) and armed with a .45-caliber pistol, suddenly got off his car and approached the unidentified street dweller.

The suspect, who was wearing a Philippine National Police (PNP) field service uniform (FSU), shot the street dweller after the latter spat on his face.

The victim sustained a bullet wound in the shoulder and was rushed to a hospital.

In a press conference on Tuesday, July 5, QCPD director Brig. Gen. Remus Medina said the investigators learned that suspect was able to purchase the uniform online. He wears it while helping his uncle in his lending business.

However, Ramos said that he only bought the uniform to use as a gear in indoor airsoft, a military simulation sport where players join mock combat battles.

The suspect asked for forgiveness from the victim, but he did not explain why he did the crime.

Police recovered from the suspect a .45-caliber pistol, a magazine with seven bullets, his vehicle, the FSU uniform, a valid firearm registration and expired permit to carry firearm cards.

He was charged with frustrated homicide, violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act, and Article 117 (usurpation of authority) and Article 179 (illegal use of uniforms and insignia) of the Revised Penal Code.

Medina said that the PNP has reminded the sellers of police uniforms not to just sell the attires to anyone.

“Yung paggamit po ng uniporme ng police ay pinagbabawal, ‘yun ay labag sa batas. So, sana huwag gayahin ang taong ito. Kung hindi pa doon dahil sa insidenteng nangyari, di natin madi-discover na meron na nagpapanggap na police in uniform (The use of police uniforms is prohibited, it is against the law. So, hopefully, do not imitate this person. If not because of the incident, we wouldn’t have discovered that there is someone who pretends to be a police officer),”Medina added.