Retired policeman shot dead by drunken man in Quezon

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LUCENA CITY—A 66-year-old retired police officer was shot dead on Sunday June 19 after trying to appease a drunk worker who had gone mad in the island city of Burdeos, Quezon province.

Quezon police said in a report Monday that Arcel Azores, 40, created a disturbance around 7:30 p.m. and pointed his handgun at a resident of Barangay Amot.

Orlando Bantucan, a former cop, intervened to pacify the Azores. Instead of heeding the call, the Azores shot Bantucan in his left chest.

Bantucan was rushed to the rural health unit in Burdeos but died en route.

Azores was arrested during a follow-up operation.

Police said the motive for the murder was a “sudden surge of emotion due to excessive consumption of intoxicating alcohol”.

Burdeos Police Chief Lt. Anthony Miano Jr. said investigators have yet to determine the caliber of the weapon used in the murder.

“My men were still looking for the weapon at the crime scene,” Miano said over the phone.

He said Bantucan was previously at the regional office of Camp Vicente Lim in Laguna and retired as the police executive master sergeant.

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