NLRC sheriff dies in Zambo motorcycle shooting

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/11 May) – A sheriff of the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) was killed while his wife was injured in a daring motorcycle shooting incident Monday night, belated reports said.

Police identified the victim as Danilo Tejada, 58, who was reportedly sheriff-in-charge in resolving the conflict of ownership at the Canelar Barter Trade here.

Senior Supt. Edwin de Ocampo, Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) director, said the killing could be work related.

Tejada was driving the motorcycle with his wife Anabelle on their way home to Barangay Mercedes in the eastern part of the city, when two men riding tandem on another motorcycle moved in close to the couple’s bike and fired four shots from a caliber .45 pistol, De Ocampo said.

Tejada’s wife, Anabelle, 48, was not hit but suffered bruises when the couple’s motorcycle crashed into the pavement.

De Ocampo said the incident took place around 9:05 p.m. Monday in Barangay Boalan, eight kilometers east of this city. The Tejadas were reportedly coming from the Iglesia Ni Cristo Church in Barangay Guiwan when tailed by the two men. They were passing in front of Bankers Village in Boalan when shot.

The suspects sped away upon seeing the Tejadas’ motorcycle crashing.

De Ocampo said the victim’s wife, when interviewed by the case investigator, could not recognize any of the two suspects who were using crash helmets. (MindaNews)