Hostage taker gunned down

ANGELES CITY -- A 59-year-old farmer was shot dead by policemen after he took hostage five family members at knifepoint in Barangay Malabanias here last Saturday.

Maj. Rolando Doroja of Police Station 4 here identified the slain suspect as Narciso Trinidad, a native of Calbayog City in Eastern Samar.

Around 10:20 p.m. on the said day the suspect took a knife and threatened to kill his wife Veronica, 59, daughters Analisa, 34, and Jessa, 32, grandson Arzel Pallones, 8, and Carl Burke Daniel, 69, their guest.

The victims were able to call the police for help while being held hostage by their patriarch.

When policemen arrived at the house at Josefaville Subdivision, they heard the hostage shouting for help, prompting them to force open the door.

After opening the door, the suspect allegedly tried to attack the policemen with a knife. They defended themselves by shooting the suspect.

The suspect was rushed to a hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival by the doctor.

Quoting Analisa, Doroja said the suspect was suffering from depression and that the latter had also held hostage members of his family in Samar 22 years ago.

The suspect’s wife waived the right for her husband to be autopsied.