PNP probe covers 45 gun owners
MANILA, Philippines - At least 45 registered owners of caliber 45 pistols are said to be living within the vicinity of Stephanie Nicole Ella's home in Caloocan City, and they are now the subject of a police probe.
A bullet that was fired from a .45 cal pistol killed the 7-year-old Ella on New Year's eve, trigerring a public outcry. Records from the Philippine National Police Firearms and Explosives Office showed that there are 242 registered guns within the vicinity of Ella's home, 104 of which are owned by private individuals while the rest are owned by a security agency. Of the number, 45 are owners of caliber 45 pistols, the police said.
"Dun sa 104 firearms, 45 dun ang caliber .45. This is where the police will focus their investigation," Chief Supt Raul Petrasanta, PNP-FEO chief, told reporters.
The caliber 45 pistols will be subjected to ballistics examination to
determine which was responsible for the bullet that killed Ella.
Petrasanta said that Jun Agus, a military reservist belonging to the Armed Forces of the Philippines Reserve Command who was arrested Thursday night, January 3, is not completely off the hook in Ella's death.
He said that while initial ballistics examination revealed that the gun
that he and his friends fired during New Year's eve did not match that of
the slug recovered from Ella, it was still possible that Agus altered
some of the pistol's parts.
"The Caloocan police is not done with its investigation," Petrasanta said in Filipino.
Agus owns 3 guns - a caliber 45 pistol, a caliber 22 and a 9mm, according to Petrasanta. The PNP-FEO will revoke all of his firearms licenses and confiscate all his guns. Agus will also be perpetually banned from owning guns aside from the criminal charges he is also facing. - Rappler.com