November 30, 2023

Laguna cop dies after accidentally shot by fellow officer

By Justine Rich Talusan

A POLICEMAN yesterday died after he was accidentally shot by a fellow police officer in San Pablo City, Laguna.

Officers on case SSgt. George Maramag and SSgt. Fabrix Rivera identified the fatality as Cpl. Fhrank Aldene Yasay Dela Cruz, 30, a native of Alicia, Isabela assigned at the SWAT Unit of the San Pablo City Police Station.

The suspect was Cpl. George Merwin Canete Duran, 31, of Bgy. Maahas, Los Banos, Laguna.

The accident occurred in the vicinity of the barangay hall in Bgy.1-B in San Pablo City.

An investigation showed the victims were cleaning their service firearms and preparing for the inspection to be done by the Regional Supply Accountable Officer or RSAO for their firearms, along with other members of the SWAT Team of the San Pablo City Police Station, when the incident happened.

Duran was checking his service firearm when it accidentally went off, hitting Dela Cruz in the chest.

The victim was rushed by his fellow officers to Community General Hospital of San Pablo City, where he was declared dead on arrival by attending physician, Dra. Sheryl Maghirang.