It was just any ordinary day at Lacson Street, Bacolod City, yesterday until a retired army corporal stole the scene by robbing a jeepney driver and taking a nursing graduate hostage to avoid arrest.
To subdue him, one of the responding policemen shot retired army corporal Herman Glory Macalde, 33, of Brgy. 9 in Victorias City, Negros Occidental, City Police Director Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz said.
Macalde was rushed with a lone gunshot wound on his right side to the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital, where he is now confined.
Senior Police Officer 2 Richard Jaylo of Binalbagan town police and one of those who chased Macalde, said he and three companions were on their way to a fast food chain at Lacson Street on their patrol car when they saw Macalde and a jeepney driver grappling in front of the Provincial Capitol Lagoon.
Jaylo said the jeepney driver was asking for help, claiming that Macalde robbed him of his money and when they tried to subdue the suspect, he fought back and tried to wrest the firearm of Police Officer 2 Joselito Lugo.
Jaylo added Macalde was able to run and they chased him. Minutes later, Bacolod City policemen arrived and helped them run after the suspect, he said.
Police Officer 1 Allan Contrevida of the BCPO Firearms Explosives Security and Guards Section, who negotiated with Macalde, said he was with Senior Police Officer 4 Jose Pahayupan at Twin Pines Gun and Ammunition store when they saw Macalde being chased by the policemen.
Contrevida said they joined in the chase but Macalde suddenly disappeared but, after a while, came out from a parked taxi and ran towards the GT Wine Store at 7th Street.
There, Macalde grabbed a woman as a hostage, came out of the store and flagged down a jeep. Contrevida negotiated with Macalde to release the woman but he refused.
When the suspect was about to board a jeepney, he accidentally slipped and the woman was able to escape.
However, when Macalde tried to stab him and Pahayupan, Contrevida said he was left with no choice but to shoot him.
Bystanders then clapped their hands and congratulated Contrevida for subduing Macalde.
Meanwhile, the hostage, a nursing graduate, 23, of Hinigaran town, Negros Occidental, who requested anonymity, said she and her friends were waiting for their companion outside the GT wine store when they saw Macalde running towards them.
She said Macalde grabbed her by the hand, choked her, pointed his knives at her neck and dragged her outside the store. He also threatened to kill her, she added.
City Police Director Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz said Macalde will be facing string of charges. He also said that Macalde had been removed from the service allegedly for suffering a nervous breakdown after being assigned in Mindanao.
Information received by the city police also disclosed that Macalde used to be assigned at the Military Intelligence Battalion based in Roxas City, Capiz.*APN