CRIME SCENE. Scene of the Crime Operation personnel look into the site in Barangay Singcang-Airport, Bacolod City, where Senior Police Officer 4 Oscar Exaltado was gunned down on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. (Photo courtesy of Bombo Radyo Bacolod)
BACOLOD CITY -- The Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) is looking into various angles in the murder of Senior Police Officer 4 Oscar Exaltado, deputy chief of Police Station 6, over the weekend.
Exaltado, 46, was gunned down by two unidentified motorcycle-riding men near his home in Barangay Singcang-Airport on his way to work around 7:30 a.m. on January 26.
Chief Insp. Ariel Pico, city police public information officer, said on Monday the Police Station 8 under by Chief Insp. Charles Gever is tasked to investigate the case.
Pico said in a radio interview the investigators are focusing on two angles.
The first angle has something to do with work, which could be linked to Exaltado’s duty as warrant server of Police Station 6.
He served warrants of arrest to wanted persons and it’s possible there are some of them holding a grudge against him, Pico said.
He added that the second angle is related to the alleged involvement of Exaltado in illegal drugs, which is still subject to further investigation.
Exaltado, clad in police uniform and driving a motorcycle, was ambushed in front of J.R. Torres Elementary School. He sustained multiple shots to the body and head.
“We condemn the killing of SPO4 Oscar Exaltado, deputy chief of Police Station 6, Bacolod City…I have already ordered the conduct of a thorough investigation on this incident to ensure the immediate arrest of the suspects,” said Chief Supt. John Bulalacao, director of Police Regional Office (PRO)-6 (Western Visayas), in a statement.
The PRO-6 chief also assured the slain policeman’s family of all possible assistance and benefits due him and his kin. (PNA)