Daanbantayan cop dies after gun accidentally falls, hitting him

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A POLICE officer died after accidentally shooting himself in the chest while responding to a crime in Barangay Bitoon, Daanbantayan town on Monday, April 18, 2022.

Police identified the fatality as Patrolman Ariel Arrabis, 33, a resident of Sitio Tarnate, Barangay Malingin, at the same town.

Arrabis is a member of the Daanbantayan Police Station's alert team.

Corporal Christian Vergas told SunStar Cebu that Arrabis and Corporal Benjamin Villanca were deployed to Barangay Bitoon after receiving a call from a concerned citizen regarding the presence of an armed person in the barangay's cemetery.

As Arrabis and Villanca were patrolling the area, the former's 9mm service firearm accidentaly fell from his hands.

Upon hitting the ground, the pistol discharged itself, accidentally hitting Arrabis in the chest.

Villanca and his fellow police officers immediately brought Arrabis to a nearby hospital in the town but he died just before arriving at the facility. (GPL, JKV)

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