- Negros Occidental Provincial Police Office (NOPPO) explained shooting incident in firing range
- Office said PO1 accidentally shot by his superior officer volunteered to be a target
- It also found the officer to be negligent, added he will be facing charges
NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, Philippines – The rank-and-file policeman accidentally shot by his superior officer in a shooting range volunteered to be the target.
In a statement quoted by ABS-CBN, the Negros Occidental Provincial Police Office (NOPPO) said PO1 Marvin Gustilo volunteered to hold the balloons as part of a confidence firing demonstration when he was accidentally shot by Victorias City police chief PSupt. Frederick Mead in right knee at the station’s firing range last May 17.
According to the report, the training was done to improve the local police’s firing capabilities as preparation for Mead’s plan to create a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team.
While he was able to shoot the two balloons which Gustilo held in each of his hands, he failed to hit the balloon placed between the latter’s knees.
The report also found Mead liable for negligence and said he will be facing proper charges.
The shooting incident went viral after a Facebook user named Jun Ledesma uploaded the scene showing Gustilo being shot in the knee. He alleged that NOPPO covered up the incident and tried to make it that Mead’s firearm accidentally discharged and hit Gustilo as he was fixing the target boards.
He also cried foul over Mead’s reinstatement as police chief shortly after NOPPO’s probe concluded; saying it’s pitiful to see lowly-ranked cops being abused by their superiors with impunity.
However, NOPPO defended Mead’s reinstatement. According to the office, he was allowed to reassume his post as there was no irregularity involved and no policy was violated.