LUCENA CITY--- A policeman is now behind bars and will be facing a string of criminal and administrative cases after he mauled and shot a fellow cop and assaulted his live-in partner at PNB Homes, University Village in Bgy. Ibabang Dupay, here, on Thursday.
Police Master Sergeant Lawrence Burac, 41, assigned at the Regional Intelligence Division of Police Regional Office- Calabarzon was disarmed and locked-up on orders of Lt. Col. Romulo Albacea, the city police chief.
Albacea identified the wounded cop as Police Staff Sergeant Marco Millabas, 37, assigned at Padre, Burgos, (Quezon) Municipal Police Station.
In his report submitted to Quezon police director Col. Audie Madrideo, Albacea disclosed that the incident happened at 11 p.m. when Burac, drunk and armed with his service Glock 17 pistol, suddenly barged into a shop cum house owned by Millabas' friend at said village.
Albacea said Burac saw the drunk Millabas sitting on a chair in the company of another man and a woman who just finished a drinking session with Burac's live-in partner who was sleeping on a bed inside the room.
"Burac immediately confronted his live-in partner whom he accused of having an affair with Millabas and eventually assaulted her"' said Albacea.
He said Burac then disarmed Millabas of his service firearm and mauled him while threatening to hurt the latter's drunk male and female companions.
"After that, Burac had Millabas handcuffed and dragged outside the house. He ordered him to get inside his car's compartment but the victim resisted forcing the suspect to shoot him in the left leg", Albacea said.
Burac finally managed to push Millabas at the compartment and brought him at the city police station.
"Upon arrival at the station, Burac approached the lobby guards and told them that he arrested Millabas after catching him sleeping with his "wife", Albacea said.
But when the cops opened the compartment, Albacea said Millabas who was not aware that he was at the police station, grabbed a wrench and hit them prompting the latter along with other duty cops to maul him.
It was only when the witnesses surfaced that the cops learned the true story behind the incident.
Probers eventually realized that the woman whom Burac claimed to be his wife is only his live- in partner.
They learned that she and Burac, who are both separated, had a quarrel three days ago forcing the former to leave their house.
Asked why he hit the cops using a wrench, Millabas told Albacea, "Hindi ko naman po alam sir na nasa police station ako. Ang akala ko ay isa -salvage ako ni Burac kaya kinuha ko 'yong liyabe sa loob ng compartment at nanlaban ako".
Aside from Millabas who is now confined in a hospital, the woman, their two friends and the house owner will also file appropriate charges against Burac.