Suspects in Briton gunslaying fall

CALBAYOG CITY — Police arrested Friday dawn two alleged suspects in the cold-blooded murder of British national Norman William Cox following a raid at the hideout of the suspected gunmen at Barangay San Joaquin in this city.

Police Lt. Colonel Joie Pacito Yape, Officer-in-Charge of Calbayog City Police, identified the suspects as Erwin Montermoso and Sebastian Carpon, a criminology graduate, and  both alleged members of gun for hire group operating in Samar province.

Yape said the suspects did not resist arrest. They yielded a caliber 45 pistol with silencer believed used in the gunslaying of Cox.

Yape considered the case solved with the arrest of the suspects. Investigation is on progress to determine the motive and identify the brains behind the Maundy Thursday murder.

“The case is solved now that we have in our custody the suspects who were positively identified by the victim’s wife. They are undergoing interrogation to identify the brains behind the killing and determine the motive,” Yape said in his report.

Cox, a retiree from the United Kingdom, was reportedly inside his room sleeping when the suspects, armed with handguns, barged inside and at gunpoint shot the victim on the head, killing him instantly, stated in the police report.

Cox’s wife, Angielyn, police said, was out of the house when the murder happened. 

The victim’s wife quickly sought the police’s help after she learned of the incident.

Shortly after the incident was relayed to the police, Yape said a special investigation task group was formed and started getting information relative to Cox’s gunslaying.

“In less than 24 hours after the incident, two suspects were arrested,” said Yape, adding that murder offense is being readied against the suspects. 

Yape said his men are still checking if the suspects are also involved in other murder cases in Calbayog City.

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