Cops threaten, point gun at senior citizen they mistook for escaping thief

Image capture from GMA News' YouTube video
  • CCTV recorded two cops accosting an old man they mistook for a thief they were chasing
  • Man claimed they fired a gun, then threatened to shoot him
  • PNP vowed to probe possible lapses of erring cops

MANILA, Philippines  –  A mistaken identity nearly cost a senior citizen his life after two cops thought he was the thief they were chasing.

Espiridion Nite, 71, was going outside of his home for work in the early hours of the morning when he was confronted by two plainclothes-wearing policemen.

As it turned out, the officers were chasing sidewalk vendor Johani Maruhom after he swiped two bags belonging to a local woman.

While Maruhom was later caught and the bags were recovered, it was a scary moment for Nite as the cops initially mistook him to be the perpetrator they were after. One of them even pointed a gun and threatened to shoot him as he returned inside his home and huddled with his wife in fear.

“May pumutok na baril. Ngayon, natakot ako. Bumalik ako sa bahay namin. Sumunod sa akin ‘yan. Nandoon lang ako sa loob. Sabi sa akin, ‘Wag kang ano aano diyan. Babarilin kita kahit nasa loob ka ng bahay,” he told GMA News.

[A gun was fired. Now, I was scared. I returned inside our house. They followed me. I was staying inside. I was told, ‘Don’t do anything there. I will shoot you even if you’re inside.]

Nite added that he and his wife tried to explain and plead with the policemen but they wouldn’t listen.

“Naka-ano sa mukha ko. Magkaano kami ng misis ko. Niyakap ako ng misis ko. Kung binaril ako, dalawa kaming mamamatay,” he said.

[I was covering my face. I was huddling with my wife. She was hugging me. If they shoot at me, then both of us would die.]

For its part, the PNP vowed to investigate the possible lapses committed by its officers.

“Paiimbestigahan naman natin ‘yung kaso at kung talagang mafa-find out na may kalabisan sa ginawa ng ating mga pulis ay hindi naman natin ito-tolerate ‘yung mga ganung gawain,” Chief Inspector Alden Lee Panganiban said.

[We will have that case investigated so we can really find out if our policemen committed lapses because we don’t tolerate them.]

Here’s a video shared by   24-Oras via Youtube: