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Military officer arrested in Zamboanga for firing gun


ZAMBOANGA CITY – Police on Sunday arrested a military officer who allegedly fired his gun indiscriminately in the air and hit and wounded a villager in Zamboanga City in southern Philippines, officials said. 

Officials said Captain Joselito Vidal, 36, was nabbed by members of the Zamboanga City Public Safety Company led by PO3 Alharab Saleh along Governor Alvarez Street. 

Vidal reportedly fired his pistol and hit Michael Tan, 50. “As a result of the said incident, a certain Michael Elgarico Tan, 50 years old, a resident of Marcos Drive in Putik (village) was hit. He was rushed to Zamboanga Doctor’s Hospital for medical treatment,” said Inspector Dahlan Samuddin, a regional police spokesman. 

Samuddin said policemen seized the military officer’s .45-caliber pistol and a magazine with four bullets. He said policemen also recovered a bullet casing fired from the same gun, and Vidal’s motorcycle. 

It was unknown why Vidal fired his gun, but Samuddin said the officer is currently detained at a police station while the investigation is going on. (Mindanao Examiner)

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