Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Security Guard In Baguio City Dies After Accidentally Shooting Himself

A 43-year-old security guard in Baguio City died after accidentally shooting himself with an improvised firearm on Wednesday evening (July 29). The victim has been identified as Joven Mat-an Otto, a resident of barangay South Sanitary Camp in the city. 

According to the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO), Otto reported for duty at an establishment located along Paterno Street in South Drive around 10:00 pm on Wednesday. He reportedly proceeded to his post without securing his service firearm from the guard post.

Moments later, a fellow security guard named Ramon Polkiso (of Betag, La Trinidad, Benguet) heard a gunshot coming from Otto's post. He also heard Otto pleading for help through a two-way communication radio. Polkiso called another security guard named Johnson Fernandez and they proceeded to Otto's post. There they found their co-worker bleeding on the floor with a gunshot wound on the right side of his chest. They immediately rushed Otto to the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC) but he was pronounced dead on arrival by the attending physician, Dr. Christine Lucero.

Police investigators who went to the crime scene recovered an improvised firearm. They are still investigating the case if it was indeed an accidental shooting or if there was foul play involved.

[Source: Herald Express]
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