A 21-YEAR-OLD man who was accused of beheading and eating the brain of a woman in Talisayasan, Misamis Oriental, last Thursday was shot and killed by a local policeman during an alleged gun scuffle Friday evening.
Suspect Lloyd Bagtong had just undergone an inquest proceeding for murder in a Cagayan de Oro City court and was being escorted by members of the Talisayan Municipal Police Station to their headquarters when the mobile car they were riding reportedly suffered a flat tire along Punta Gorda in Jasaan municipality around 7:40 p.m. Friday.
When one of his escorts alighted from the police car to check their tire condition, the suspect reportedly asked one of his escorts to remove his handcuffs so that he can take a pee.
However, while the cop was removing the cuffs, the suspect reportedly managed to grab the latter’s service 9mm pistol and fired a shot at the officer but missed.
Other escorts shot the suspect who died while being taken to a nearby hospital due to several gunshot wounds in the body.
The incident took place just hours after the suspect who was believed to be mentally-ill confessed to killing and beheading a still unidentified woman.
The suspect was tracked down in his residence in Sitio Cabulogan in Barangay Casibole, Talisayan municipality, some four kilometers away from the site where the headless woman with both her hands tied was discovered around 5:50 a.m. Thursday, said Police Regional Office 10 director, Brigadier General Rolando B. Anduyan.
According to the official, members of the Talisayan Municipal Police Station headed by Captain Maribeth Ramoga went to Purok 2 in Bgy. Punta Santiago after receiving a report regarding the discovery of the headless victim.
He said that 5-man team from the Talisayan police found the victim with her head missing while in a prone position with no upper garment. Both hands of the victim who was wearing a pair of ‘maong’ pants were also found to have been tied.
Anduyan said that they learned that shortly after the body of the victim was found, the suspect who had a scythe and its scabbard tied around his waistline suddenly fled on foot after he noticed the arrival of people wanting to see the headless woman.