Full probe on cop in Pampanga for allegedly shooting a teen

    Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Dionardo Carlos ordered a thorough investigation on a police officer in Pampanga who allegedly shot and killed a teenager in Pampanga.

    METRO MANILA, Philippines — Carlos tasked the Police Regional Office 3 (PRO-3), Director Brigadier General Matthew Baccay to begin the administrative and criminal probe against Police Corporal Alvin Pastorin, the cop charged for homicide for shooting Abelardo Vasquez, 19, in Bacolor, Pampanga, last Sunday, 21 November.

    Pastorin, 33, is now detained at the Bacolor Municipal Police Station. The PNP said in a statement that Pastorin went to a store when he confronted the victim and his companions for allegedly not wearing any face masks. He asked the victim and the other teenagers to return home but this resulted in a disagreement between the police officer and the victim’s group.

    A witness testified that Pastorin was attacked and just tried to defend himself. The statement from the witness said the teen called for backup from his relatives who were having a drinking session at home. The group attacked Pastorin with rocks and stones when he decided to go back to his vehicle. The witness added that Pastorin was pinned down after he fell to the ground and he (Pastorin) reportedly took his firearm and shot Vasquez who was pinning him to the ground.

    In an interview by GMA-7, the victim’s companion gave a different story. He said they were outside their house when Pastorin came over and confronted them for being noisy. His companions were his cousins, who claimed that their uncle tried to intervene.

    Pastorin then was chased by Vasquez because he allegedly saw the police officer pushed their uncle. Then Pastorin open fired.

    Vasquez was rushed to the hospital only to be declared dead on arrival. (JE/The MiNT)

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