An anti-narcotics operative was wounded when his firearm accidentally went off while on an intelligence mission in Silay City, Negros Occidental.
Col. Roger James Brillantes, head of the Police Regional Office 6-Internal Affairs Service, said they will investigate the incident to determine what happened and to come up with measures to prevent the repeat of the incident that occurred on Tuesday night.
He said the investigation is in compliance with the order of IAS Inspector General Alfegar Triambulo to investigate all operations that lead to death or injury of both suspects and police operatives.
Brillantes said two cops – a corporal and a patrolman – were conducting surveillance works when the service firearm of the rookie cop accidentally went off.
It was not immediately clear if the cop accidentally pulled the trigger or the gun dropped.
As a result, the bullet hit the patrolman in his right thigh. He was taken to the nearby hospital for treatment which resulted in the cancellation of the intelligence-gathering on suspected drug pushers operating in a barangay in Silay City.
The incident happened a few days after a rookie cop also killed an inmate of a police station in Aurora province when he accidentally pulled the trigger while toying with his gun.