LUBA, Abra – A 44-year old member of the Bantay Gubat died after he accidently shot himself when he and his fellow Bantay Gubat member went to hunt in the forest of sitio Agaab, barangay Ampalioc here Thursday.
Senior Superintendent Antonio Bartolome, provincial director of the Abra Provincial Office, identified the fatality as Nathaniel Sagudang Lunes, 44, married, a Bantay Gubat member and a resident of sitio Lamagan, barangay Ampalioc, Luba, Abra.
Initial investigation showed that the victim, together with Joel Francisco, 38, also a bantay Gubat member and a resident of the same place, decided to go hunting in the forest.
After a few moments, Francisco reportedly hear a gunshot emanating from the place where the victim was positioned and heard him seek for help because he was accidentally hit by his own home-made shotgun.
The victim’s companion carried him from the forest and brought him to the Luba Municipal Health Unit but he was declared dead on arrival by attending physicians because of reported excessive loss of blood due to his gunshot wound.
The weapon used in the unfortunate incident was not recovered by the responding police operatives who scoured the area.
By Dexter A. See