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Sharpshooter ends hostage drama
philstar ^ | 8.14.03 | Non Alquitran

Posted on 08/15/2003 2:14:10 PM PDT by freepatriot32

A drug addict was shot dead yesterday by a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) sharpshooter when he refused to surrender and release a 12-year-old girl during a two-hour hostage drama in Marikina City.

"It was a judgment call," said Senior Superintendent Felipe Rojas Jr., Marikina City police chief, in defending the SWAT team involved in taking down the suspect, identified only as Garry Boy.

He said his men acted swiftly so as not to suffer the same fate of several Pasay City policemen who were charged in court for bungling a hostage-taking incident at a bus terminal last year.

Rojas said blood was oozing from the chest of the victim, Jennifer Ricarto, a Grade 4 pupil of the San Mateo elementary school, when a SWAT member opened fire. The suspect had two knives, which he kept pressing on the chest of the suspect.

The suspect sustained gunshot wounds in the head and chest and was declared dead on arrival at the Amang Rodriguez Medical Center.

Ricarto had two knife wounds in the chest and was brought to the same hospital for treatment.

Rojas said Garry Boy first entered the house of one Marites Sioco, 31, located in Barangay Sto. Nino, Modesta Village, San Mateo, Rizal at 10 a.m. However, Sioco, a housewife, fought back against the intruder, prompting the suspects to run out of the house.

Ricarto was waiting for a ride to school when the fleeing suspect spotted her. He grabbed the girl and took her hostage.

Witnesses said Ricarto tried to fight back but was easily overpowered by the suspect. He then dragged Ricarto to a waiting shed in Lower Balete street, Parang, Marikina City and pressed the two knives on her chest.

Witnesses immediately called the police.

Rojas immediately dispatched a six-man SWAT team to the area. A reinforcement team from the San Mateo, Rizal also arrived.

Barangay Modesta chairwoman Rebecca Favis arrived later and negotiated for the safe release of Ricarto. But Garry Boy refused to heed her calls.

"The hostage taker appeared to be under the influence of illegal drugs because he was talking incoherently to Chairwoman Favis," Rojas said.

When the hostage-taking incident reached her attention, Marikina City Mayor Maria Lourdes Fernando called up Rojas ordering him to resolve the incident peacefully.

"I was ordered by Mayor Fernando to save the hostage and the hostage taker from possible harm," he said in an interview.

After two hours, Garry Boy demanded that he be brought to the Marikina City police station. However, when a patrol car arrived to pick him up, he refused to get inside.

While thinking about his next move, the suspect kept pressing the knives into the chest of the hostage, who was grimacing in pain.

Two shots were then fired.

Rojas directed his men to rush both suspect and hostage to the hospital.

Police recovered the two knives.

"We didn’t want the Pasay City incident to happen here, so my men acted swiftly and we were able to save the hostage from being killed," Rojas said. However, he refused to name the SWAT member who shot the suspect.

The death of the hostage and hostage taker in the Pasay City drama resulted in the filing of charges against at least 20 policemen, including their police chief.

Elements of the Pasay City police were also ordered to undergo three months of re-training in Subic because of the incident.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bang; banglist; drama; ends; hostage; sharpshooter

1 posted on 08/15/2003 2:14:10 PM PDT by freepatriot32
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To: *bang_list

BANG

2 posted on 08/15/2003 2:16:49 PM PDT by freepatriot32 (Heaven is weary, of the hollow words Which States and Kingdoms utter when they talk of justice)
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To: freepatriot32
What we need are safer bullets -- Jocalyne Elders, Surgeon General.
3 posted on 08/15/2003 2:18:30 PM PDT by Lazamataz (PROUDLY POSTING WITHOUT READING THE ARTICLE SINCE 1999!)
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To: freepatriot32
When the hostage-taking incident reached her attention, Marikina City Mayor Maria Lourdes Fernando called up Rojas ordering him to resolve the incident peacefully.

Idiot!!!

Why didn't this idiotic "mayor" order the hostage-taker to resolve the incident peacefully?

It's a shame she wasn't available during World War II, she could have "ordered" the British to resolve the incident with Germany peacefully.

4 posted on 08/15/2003 2:24:49 PM PDT by Onelifetogive
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To: Onelifetogive
- The sovereign, once he orders war, does not give the general any more orders; in peace the sovereign rules; in war, the general is the sovereign. -

Sun-Tzu, "The Art of War"

The mayor has no business giving orders for a "peaceful outcome". The mayor has zero authority over law enforcement, that is the job of the police.

5 posted on 08/15/2003 2:29:26 PM PDT by CanadianLibertarian
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To: CanadianLibertarian
- The sovereign, once he orders war, does not give the general any more orders; in peace the sovereign rules; in war, the general is the sovereign. -

Can you say 'Nam??

6 posted on 08/15/2003 2:36:19 PM PDT by Onelifetogive
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To: Onelifetogive
Can you say 'Nam??

Yup. And look what happened man!

8 posted on 08/15/2003 2:44:06 PM PDT by CanadianLibertarian
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To: freepatriot32
"It was a judgment call," said Senior Superintendent Felipe Rojas Jr.

Good call!

9 posted on 08/15/2003 3:01:05 PM PDT by Only1choice____Freedom (If everything you experienced, believed, lived was a lie, would you want to know the truth?)
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To: freepatriot32
I love a happy ending. Dead drug addict not preying on society, and a girl who will hopefully recover fully.
10 posted on 08/15/2003 3:15:36 PM PDT by DCBryan1
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To: ianincali
Maybe the Philippine education system uses a different grade numbering system?
11 posted on 08/15/2003 3:30:30 PM PDT by The Electrician
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To: DCBryan1
Agreed. Nothing better than a violent criminal who is DRT -- Dead, RIGHT THERE.
12 posted on 08/15/2003 4:15:21 PM PDT by xrp
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To: freepatriot32
XLNT!
13 posted on 08/15/2003 4:16:02 PM PDT by Bullish
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To: freepatriot32
Rojas said blood was oozing from the chest of the victim, Jennifer Ricarto, a Grade 4 pupil of the San Mateo elementary school, when a SWAT member opened fire. The suspect had two knives, which he kept pressing on the chest of the suspect.

The suspect sustained gunshot wounds in the head and chest and was declared dead on arrival at the Amang Rodriguez Medical Center.

OK, definitely hire this shooter for our war on terror right the heck now. I'd be inclined to hire the whole squad, based on this report as well. These are the good guys, from what's posted here.

14 posted on 08/15/2003 4:20:32 PM PDT by Phsstpok
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To: freepatriot32
Howze 'bout a clue as to where the hell this took place!

15 posted on 08/15/2003 4:26:25 PM PDT by lawdude (Liberalism: A failure every time it is tried!)
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To: lawdude
Marikina City Philippines
16 posted on 08/15/2003 4:46:10 PM PDT by freepatriot32 (Heaven is weary, of the hollow words Which States and Kingdoms utter when they talk of justice)
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To: lawdude
oops there was suppose to be a link in there Marikina City Philippines
17 posted on 08/15/2003 4:51:35 PM PDT by freepatriot32 (Heaven is weary, of the hollow words Which States and Kingdoms utter when they talk of justice)
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To: freepatriot32
He then dragged Ricarto to a waiting shed in Lower Balete street

Wow, lucky for him the shed was waiting. I hate when my shed gets up and leaves.

18 posted on 08/15/2003 4:57:27 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (...they led my people astray, saying, "Peace!" when there was no peace -- Ezekiel 13:10)
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To: Straight Vermonter
"Wow, lucky for him the shed was waiting. I hate when my shed gets up and leaves. "

Funny... But in the Philippines a waiting shed is another term for a bus stop...
19 posted on 08/15/2003 5:10:32 PM PDT by CAbornAmerasianinDC ("The Price of FREEDOM is Eternal Vigilance!")
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To: Phsstpok
what was the 12year old girl suspect of?

i wish journalists would read their work before submission...

20 posted on 08/16/2003 7:31:17 AM PDT by teeman8r (a bullet to a perps head is better than two in your hand...)
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To: freepatriot32

Taking a life is never a good thing. I am a police officer in AZ. I am friends with a sharpshooter in our swat devision. He has had to take the lives of a few suspects. He says, it is like “the best of two evils” Sure, he was a drug addict and was a leech on society. But, who is to say that he couldn’t be rehabilitated and become a useful member of the community. In this situation, I would have done the same thing to save that child, but I gaurantee you that the swat sharpshooter who took down the suspect did not feel good about haveing to end it that way. My buddy says that he trains countless hours to make sure that he is the best that he can be, but he hopes to not have to use his skill. Just my two cents on the subject.


21 posted on 10/07/2007 11:11:44 AM PDT by Falcon1niner
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