Daanbatayan cop dies after gun accidentally goes off, 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 in northern Cebu on Monday, April 18, 2022.

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

Arrabis was 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 scouring the area, the former’s 9mm service firearm accidentally fell from his hands.

Upon hitting the ground, the pistol went off and the bullet hit Arrabis in the chest.

Villanca and his fellow police officers immediately brought Arrabis to a nearby hospital in the town but he had died before arriving at the facility.

Last Feb. 20, Arrabis suffered injuries after he fell into a deep well outside their residence in Sitio Tarnate.

The police officer reportedly had a history of depression. / GPL / JKV

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