Instant justice

-Rape-slay suspect killed while trying to grab gun

THE SUSPECT in the rape-slay of YanYan was killed yesterday after he allegedly attacked two police officers in an attempt to grab a gun inside the Talomo Police Precinct yesterday morning.

But relatives of James Barette Narte are not buying the police report and said they are planning to file a complaint against the police officers.

Narte, 35, resident of Libby Road in Barangay Bago Gallera, Talomo District, sustained a fatal gunshot wound in his body.

In a report given by Davao City Police Office (DCPO) spokesperson Sr. Insp Maria Teresita Gaspan, Narte grabbed the firearm of his female escort guard while he was about to have a fingerprint around 7:20 a.m.

PO1 Nierca Mutia Ambong, finger print technician, said she was preparing to take the finger prints of Narte when the latter “viciously attacked and pummeled her.”

Ambong, who is eight months pregnant, said Narte attempted to grab the firearm of his jail guard, PO1 Kathllen Rose Antoneth Pelino, that was holstered in the latter’s duty rig.

Immediately, Narte and Pelino tussled as Ambong tried to take control of the situation.

During the scuffle, the pistol went off four times.  One hit the ceiling and three others hit the wall beside the door.

Hearing the gun shots, SPO3 Danilo Daquigan and SPO2 Richard Dionisio, who were both inside the police station, quickly responded.

Upon seeing the situation, Daquigan defended his colleague, and fired his gun, hitting the victim.

Immediately, they brought Narte to the nearest hospital for immediate medical intervention. He was declared dead by his attending physician.

Ambong meanwhile, was rushed to the Brokenshire Hospital at around 11 a.m. yesterday after complaining of pain in the abdomen following the incident.

The elements of the Scene of the Crime Operatives are still conducting crime scene investigation in the area.

Chief Insp. Ronald Lao, Talomo  Police Precinct commander, defended his personnel involved in the incident.

“Murag imposible apan kana ang tinuod (It might sound impossible but that’s the truth),” Lao said in an interview aired over ABS-CBN TV Patrol.

Lao also denied allegations that police tortured Narte.

Narte’s relative rejected the police claim as they are preparing to file criminal and administrative cases against those involved officers.

Mike Narte, in an interview aired over ABS-CBN, said his elder brother was just a fall guy.

The suspect was apparently electrocuted, the family claimed.

Narte had denied the allegation that he raped Yanyan on Friday. He was arrested on Saturday.

The suspect was linked to the death of the girl after a towel that he was said to own was found in the crime scene.

Police also claimed that witnesses affirmed that they saw the suspect around the crime scene before and after the body of the girl was found last Friday.

Ready to assist

Meanwhile, the city government is ready to assist the police officers in case the relatives of Narte pursue their complaint.

Mayor Sara Duterte expressed her support to the police as she learned that the suspect became violent.