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Policeman who shot superior killed

A patrolman who shot his commanding officer was killed in a follow-up operation in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur yesterday morning.

A report from the Agusan del Sur Police Provincial Office identified the fatality as Patrolman Jhon Paul Joguino Gerida, 28, married, a member of Alagad Class 2015 and assigned at the 2nd Provincial Mobile Force Company.

Gerida allegedly engaged chasing operatives in a shootout around 10:35 a.m. yesterday when he was cornered in Purok 5, Consuelo, Bunawan.

Police recovered a caliber .45 pistol, with serial number A004311, and two fired cartridges.

Last Friday at 9:25 p.m., Gerida allegedly shot Lt. Col. Rex Lomente, the commander of the 2nd Provincial Mobile Force Company based in Agusan del Sur. Lomente sustained a gunshot wound on his forehead and is in at the Tagum Regional Hospital.

The suspect fled as police operatives immediately conducted a manhunt operation.

The motive of the shooting was yet established but the two were reportedly having a conversation prior to the incident.

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