By Ben Serrano
Police are now looking hunting down one of their colleagues after shooting his commanding officer inside their headquarters in Agusan Del Sur Friday (December 6).
The suspect was identified as Patrolman John Paul J. Gerida, a member of the 2nd Agusan del Sur Provincial Police Mobile Force Company. He shot his superior, Police Lt. Col. Rex Lomente, who remains under observation at a hospital following the incident.
Initial police investigation showed Gerida was allegedly drunk when Lomente summoned him to his office to talk. Gunshots were heard some 15 to 20 minutes later.
Gerida already fled the crime scene when their colleagues at the police station rushed to Lomente’s office.
Lomente was rushed to the Bunawan District Hospital after sustaining a gunshot wound. He has since been transferred to the Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City.
Agusan Del Sur Police Provincial Director Colonel Ringo Zarzoso said Lomente’s condition is already stable though he remains under observation by doctors.
Zarzoso described Gerida as “problematic” and “not focused on his work as a policeman.”