Policeman in Laguna shooting faces probe

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San Pedro City, Laguna: A Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) was formed to investigate a policeman who shot dead an unarmed man he claimed was high on drugs last Friday. The incident, which was caught on a video that has gone viral, showed Police Officer 3 Reynaldo Dizon accosting and subsequently shooting the victim identified as Sharief Amatonding at close range. Police investigators claimed the victim, who was unruly, refused to pay some unsettled bills and tried to grab Dizon’s service firearm outside the Rizal Commercial Bank Corp. branch in San Pedro City. The bank’s security guards then flagged a passing Binan City police mobile patrol car and Dizon came out to pacify Amatonding who became violent. When the victim refused to budge, Dizon let go of Amatonding’s collar and gripped his handgun with both hands and shot the victim twice at close range. Laguna Provincial Director Senior Supt. Joel Pernito said Dizon, an investigator of Biñan City police, was placed under restrictive custody.

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