Councilman shoots teen dead in store

By: Apple Ta-as March 22,2016 - 10:25 PM

A barangay councilman in Abugon, Sibonga town, southern Cebu shot and killed a Grade 9 student who allegedly broke into his store last Monday dawn.

Dario Albarico told police he was shocked to see Joseph Espinosa Abella, 18, inside his store that prompted him to draw a gun and shoot the teenager.

Abella, who suffered gunshot wounds in different parts of the body, was brought to the Carcar District Hospital where he was declared dead.

PO3 Herbert Pananganan, investigator of Sibonga Police Station, said police recovered two empty shells for a 9mm caliber in the store.

Police failed to recover the gun used in the shooting.  Albarico claimed he threw the gun away after the incident.

Albarico told police that he and his wife left the store to check on the construction of their house about 400 meters away.  Albarico’s daughter and nephew were sleeping in the store when the couple left.

Albarico said the teenager was already inside the store when they returned.  Albarico told police that he suspected that the intruder targeted the cash he kept near the store’s ceiling.

A portion of the roof made of galvanized iron was destroyed.

Police said some witnesses saw the teenager climbing the roof.  The teenager’s white T-shirt and pants were found outside the store.

Police said the teenager may have taken off his clothes so no one would see him climbing the roof.

Police said the teenager’s parents were willing to file charges against Albarico, who was detained pending the filing of homicide charges against him.

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