Construction worker, dead after police mistaken him as a holdaper

A construction worker in Sta. Rita, Pampanga after being shot by a policeman.

According to the police investigation, the police are conducting a dragnet operation due to the theft of a peso net shop in Barangay San Matias in Sta. Rita just passed the victim Federico Pineda, 29 years old.

According to Police Capt. Renemer James Pornia, chief of Sta. Rita Police, Pineda misinterpreted the suspect’s description so he was mistaken.

“During po ng dragnet operation, bigla pong sumulpot dun po sa area malapit po sa incident na same description po nung suspek po natin, so ang nangyari po, finlagdown siya however, nag-evade po siya at dinisregard po niya yung patrol officer po natin. Nagkahabulan po sila, and while ‘yung patrolman po natin is nasa motorcycle po, when he drew his firearm, accidentally po nakalabit niya, yung victim po natin is tinamaan,” he said.

The victim was a construction worker and had just returned from her son’s birthday when the incident happened. He took his uncle to a nearby cockpit where the suspect was also seen entering the robbery.

Coincidentally, both Pineda and the suspect were wearing white shirts so they were mistaken.

The Pineda family is mourning the death of Federico.

“Pilit po naming tinatanggap pero talagang masakit po para po para sa amin, kasi wala naman kaming alam na ginawang kasalanan ng kapatid ko ang liit pa ng mga anak niya…sana bago siya gumawa mg hakbang o bago siya bumaril, sana kahit sa paa nalang o kaya yung motor nalang niya yung binaril pinuruhan niya eh,” said Michelle Pagauisan, the victim’s sister.

Pampanga Governor Dennis Pineda condemned the incident and ordered immediate action.

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