Davao jail officer in fatal shooting posts bail

July 7, 2010 12:21 pm 

DAVAO CITY, July 7 — A jail officer who shot dead a patient at the Southern Philippines Medical Center (formerly Davao Medical Center) last Saturday has gained temporary liberty after posting a P40,000 bail on Tuesday.

Jail Officer (JO)1 Rogelio Francisco Go Jr., 33, had been placed under restrictive custody after shooting a patient who had gone amok and harassed other patients inside the hospital on July 3.

According to police reports, Go was escorting inmate Ruel Tumulac Nacasio who was scheduled for medical checkup at the third floor of SPMC when the incident happened.

Around 10:30 a.m., patient William dela Pena, who was being treated for a kidney problem, suddenly removed his catheter and started harassing people at the hospital, including other patients.

Go tried to pacify dela Pena but was attacked, prompting the jail officer to shoot him in the legs with his .45 caliber pistol.

Dela Pena was rushed to the hospital’s emergency room but expired five minutes later as pronounced by Dr. Ivan Flores.

Davao City Police Office (DCPO) spokesperson Superintendent Tony Rivera said Go was trying to subdue the patient who at that time was already attacking him.

Rivera said Go probably did not intend to kill the victim since he shot him in the legs.

He said there is a city ordinance prohibiting law enforcers from bringing firearms inside hospital premises unless he is on a mission, but in Go's case he was on mission since he was escorting an inmate at the time of the incident.

SPMC head Dr. Leopoldo Vega said dela Pena was suffering from a kidney disease.

Vega said although the jail officer shot dela Pena in the legs, the main artery supplying blood to the leg was hit. Complications of the patient's illness also caused his death, he added. (PNA)

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