Agusan del Sur town vice mayor survives slay try

February 14, 2011 12:58 am 

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 13 – Vice Mayor Renato S. Munez of La Paz, Agusan del Sur narrowly escaped death when an unidentified gun-wielding man peppered his car with bullets a few meters away from his home at Arujville Subdivision in that town Saturday, the police reported.

Police said Munez, 57, a doctor and also former mayor of the same town, and his driver, Rodrigo Anino, were unscathed despite the successive bullet fires from the assassin at 12:45 p.m.

However, the front portion of the vice mayor’s Isuzu D-Max pick-up was riddled with several bullets from a .45 caliber pistol.

The incident happened while Dr. Munez was on his way home from his clinic at M.J. Santos Hospital here. Motive of the shooting is yet to be determined.

Initial investigation by the Butuan City Police Office (BCPO) showed that while the vice mayor’s car slowed down in a corner about 100 meters away from his home, an unidentified man suddenly appeared about seven meters away from the front of his vehicle and fired successively towards the vice mayor who was seated beside the driver.

“The gunman only stopped after his firearm misfired. Fortunately, the vice mayor and his driver were not hit,” the BCPO report stated.

After the incident, the suspect immediately boarded a waiting XRM single motorcycle, driven by another unidentified person, and fled towards the city’s diversion road.

Investigators of BCPO Station 3 and Police Regional Office 13 Scene of the Crime Office (SOCO) personnel recovered from the scene 10 pieces of caliber .45 spent shells and six pieces of slug of the same handgun.

Senior Supt. Jose V. Carillo, BCPO director, along with Butuan City Public Safety Company, arrived at the crime scene and immediately ordered hot pursuit operations against the fleeing suspects.

The vice mayor did not issue any statement about the incident. (PNA) scs/MUC/jsd

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