Police officer died from 8 gunshot wounds: autopsy

THE POLICE officer who was gunned down Monday died from eight gunshot wounds on the different parts of his body, the autopsy results showed.

Chief Insp. Randy Sambalod, the precinct commander of Tugbok police, told TIMES yesterday that PO3 Wilfredo Bansag Garol Jr. had wounds on his torso, hands, thighs, and head. His remains now lie in Angel Funeral Parlor in Calinan District.

Sambalod said they are still conducting follow up investigation to identify and arrest the perpetrators.

“There is a big possibility that the acts are perpetrated by the NPAs but still our investigation continues,” he said.

According to the report, the victim was killed by one of his two hitchhiking passengers, suspected to be hitmen of the New People’s Army operating in Barangay New Valencia, Tugbok District on Monday at 7:45 a.m.

PO3 Wilfredo Bansag Garol Jr., 34, married, resident of Rubber Village in Calinan District was assigned as intelligence operative of Baguio Police Precinct. His firearm was stolen.

He had just come from bringing his wife, a teacher, to school and was on his way home when he was flagged down by two men. He was shot as they were passed by Purok 5, Sitio Luman.

However, the two men shot the victims as they passed Purok 5, Sitio Luman. The suspects took the officer’s service firearm as they fled to unknown direction using the victim’s motorcycle.

Police Regional Office (PRO) XI director, Chief Supt. Manuel Gaerlan, condemned the “senseless and cowardly” attack .

“Garol was a good public servant, police officer and loving husband,” Gaerlan said. “This act is a manifestation that the NPAs as well as other communist front organizations have no regard for human right and the international humanitarian law.”

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