CAMP Dangwa, La Trinidad, Benguet -- Police Regional Office-Cordillera (PRO-COR) director Chief Supt. Rolando Z. Nana said yesterday that the gunman of a riding-in-tandem men who shot a tricycle driver was arrested in Bgy. Dumayco, Pennarubia, Abra, recently.
Chief Supt. Nana identified the suspect as Delinger Diawan Omnas, 33, barangay tanod of the said place, and the victim as Michael Buena Verzosa, 38, tricycle driver, of Zone 4, Bangued.
C/Supt. Nana said the suspect and the victim were both drug surrenderers of Penarubia and undergoing drug rehabilitation under the Penarubia ‘KAYNGA” (an Itneg term meaning to care) Recovery and Wellness Program, however, the victim dropped out from the program by intentionally absenting himself from rehab activities.
The official said that prior to the incident, the victim was onboard his motorcycle and was about to buy food along Natividad St., Zone 2, Bangued, when, suddenly, two riding-in-tandem men shot him at the left side of his body.
The victim was rushed to Abra Provincial Hospital while the suspects escaped.
Accordingly, the suspect and the victim had an altercation while playing basketball a few days before the shooting incident.
Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) team processed the crime scene and recovered one slug and one fired cartridge for a cal. .45 pistol.
Bangued Municipal Police Station (MPS) conducted speedy investigation and hot pursuit operation that resulted in the arrest of Omnas, who is now under the custody of Bangued MPS. Frustrated homicide case was filed against him at the prosecutor’s office.