By Francis Allan L. Angelo

THE police officer who shot to death a Bangladeshi national Thursday morning did not violate the PNP rules of engagement.

PO3 Vicente Silla, pre-charge investigator of the Provincial Internal Affairs Service (PIAS), said PO1 Alvin Alcolea was only protecting himself when he shot Muhammed Zahir Hossain.

Hossain shot dead his second wife Ruby Ann Senato and wounded his mother-in-law Yolanda Senato at Brgy. East Baluarte, Molo, Iloilo City Thursday morning.

Alcolea and two other police officers responded to the incident and cornered Hossain who fled towards Brgy. Timawa, Molo.

Based on his own investigation, Silla said some witnesses saw Hossain fire at the pursuing policemen. They also heard Alcolea warning the Bangladeshi that he will shoot if the suspect flees.

Silla said Alcolea did the right thing “because the suspect was holding a gun and even shot two persons prior to the hot pursuit.”

A bullet from Alcolea’s caliber .45 pistol fell Hossain who died at the Saviour International Hospital past 8am Thursday.

Silla said Alcolea might have intended to disable Hossain’s arms but the latter got hit in the chest.

S/Insp. Danilo delos Santos, Molo police chief, said Alcolea did not plan to kill Hossain.

“When Alcolea’s team responded, they scattered to corner the Bangladeshi. It so happened that Alcolea spotted Hossain who fired his gun twice. The initial intention was to shoot the suspect’s shoulder but his chest caught the bullet,” delos Santos said.