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Shooting suspect yields
after hours of negotiation

A suspect in the shooting incident yesterday afternoon in Valencia town, Negros Oriental, finally surrendered after hours of negotiations with his aunt who allegedly refused to turn him over to the police.

Valencia police chief, Insp. Virgilio Otod, identified the suspect as Bobby Valenciano, 28, a resident of Bacong, Negros Oriental, who is now detained at the town police station.

Police reports said that some workers of the Phil South construction firm claimed that at least two men fired at them at a road leading to the firm’s quarry site in Palinpinon, Valencia.

Otod said Palinpinon barangay kagawad Alberto Singgit had called him for assistance.

The policemen said the suspects hid in the house of a certain Ian Briones and refused to come out.

Otod said a Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T.) team was sent to augment the Valencia police.

Briones allegedly denied that the suspects were in her house, Otod said.

At around 6 p.m., Richard Enojo, Briones’ lawyer, arrived and advised her to turn over her nephew, Valenciano, to the police.

The police recovered a .38 caliber slug from the crime scene but were unable to recover a firearm from the suspect, who will be subjected to a paraffin test soon, Otod said.

The suspect is now detained at the Valencia police station and charges of attempted murder are being readied against him, Otod said.*JFP



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