Ex-cop with pending drug case shot dead in Negros

BACOLOD CITY – A former policeman with a pending drug case was gunned down by three unidentified gunmen in a coffee shop in Purok 2, Barangay Linaon, Cauayan, Negros Occidental Friday, July 22.

A POLICEMAN secures the coffee shop in Barangay Linaon, Cauayan, Negros Occidental where a former policeman was shot dead Friday, July 22. (Photo courtesy of Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office)
Killed was Vincent Decena, 54, who went Absence Without Official Leave (AWOL) and was later dismissed from the service, according to Police Major Anthony Grande, Cauayan police chief.

Grande said the victim was having coffee with three companions when the suspects arrived, approached Decena, and shot him from behind.

The gunmen left on board a silver gray van according to witnesses, Grande said.

Police recovered from the crime scene fired bullets and slugs of a .45 caliber pistol.

Grande said they are exploring all angles in the incident, including drug-related, since the victim was listed as a street level individual in the town. The victim had a pending case for illegal drugs, he added.