Suspect in Nicole Ella shooting accident cleared

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PRETTY IN PINK Stephanie Nicole Ella (second from left), her 5-year-old brother Ken and her cousins eagerly await New Year’s Eve outside their home in Caloocan City unaware that she would be hit by a stray bullet at midnight. Note date on photo at right. PHOTO COURTESY OF ELLA FAMILY

MANILA, Philippines – The search for Stephanie Nicole Ella’s killer continues after the Caloocan Police said that the gun of a suspect who voluntarily surrendered late Thursday afternoon was not the gun from where the stray bullet which hit the girl on New Year’s Eve came from.

Superintendent Jack Candelario, Caloocan Police spokesman and the city police assistant chief for operations, said the ballistic signature from suspect Jack Agos’ gun did not match the ballistic signature found on the bullet which hit Ella in the head.

“We found out that the marks generated from Agos’ gun are not similar from the marks we found on the bullet which hit Stephanie in the head,” Candelario said in a telephone interview.

Agos, an alleged former intelligence officer of the Presidential Security Group and now the lupon ng barangay or the barangay justice of Barangay 185, admitted to the Caloocan Police that he, along with four other companions, took turns in firing his .45-caliber gun during New Year’s Eve celebrations.

The negative results were announced hours after Agos and his companions surrendered to the Caloocan Police, as word of their gun-firing spread throughout the small community.

Candelario said the police found out the mismatch quickly because of existing records.

“The ballistic signature of Agos’ gun, which is duly registered, is in our database, called the Internal Ballistics Identification System, which holds signatures from all registered guns. This database basically holds the ‘fingerprints’ of all registered guns,” he said.

All the police had to do next was look at the ballistic patterns left on the bullet which hit Ella.

“Unfortunately, the two patterns did not match,” Candelario said.

But while Agos and his four drinking buddies are absolved of the killing, Candelario said they would still face charges of illegal discharge of firearms.

Agos will also be suspended in his capacity as barangay justice after the incident.

“And we will continue looking for Ella’s killers,” he said.

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  • denzel_alfonso

    Ikulong din yang mayabang na yan, di ba bawal magpaputok eh bakit nya pa ginagawa. Paano kung nakatama yan sa iba? Tang-inang yan!

  • jElly_aCe

    buhusan muna ng kumukulong tubig tas lagyan ng asin at sili at ibilad sa araw ng 3 days saka ikulong , ipakita sa tv ang gagawing parusa sa mga ungas nato, tignan ko lng kung may mag yabang yabangan na naman sa nxt new yr

  • jga94

    Still…this gunowner admitted that he let another person “borrow” his gun or he probably fired a shot as well..all while drinking…..this should be grounds for revocation of license

  • mon key

    simple physics can track find the person who fired that shot. that bullet is a projectile, and by the laws of physics, the origin of the bullet can be determined. the child’s location, the height of the child, the surrounding structures and the direction where the bullet came from can show where that bullet came from. time to use brain power. 

    • liquiduser

      you forgot that there is also a wind strength and direction factor.

      • mon key

        unless the wind was blowing at more than 40 kilometers per hour, but yeah, may Tama ka. kung mag kita tayo sa isang bar, may Red Horse ka sa akin. 

      • andresa igbac

         so next time, mon key, use your own brain power first before commenting, wag puro alak ang nasa utak. k? :)

      • mon key

        parang na tamaan ka ata ah! wala ka ata utak. wawa mo naman!

      • batangpaslit

        hahaha…may utang ba sa ‘yo si Mon kaya binanatan mo sia?

      • batangpaslit

        Bro, you have to grant Mon that he is speaking in normal conditions and general terms.
        But I concur with your observation. You must be an excellent investigator, eh?

    • batangpaslit

      kaya nga Mon, ang na suggest ko sa original kong postings ay kunin ang two kilometre radius at ipa sona.
      offer ample monetary reward for informant that resulted to the arrest and prosecution of the culprit

  • TEAM PNOY

    Wait, how about the charge for the illegal discharge of firearm??????

    Are you sure that they surrendered the right firearm? What if they used one firearm in the shooting spree and then surrendered the registered firearm that was not used in the spree?

    • Max Nosugar

      good point little girl. :-)

    • batangpaslit

      hahaha….galing na abogada

  • bucketZombie

    His license should be revoked for good as he is not responsible enough to own a gun.

  • Uragorn

    Why suspend only this idiot Agos? He should be sacked from his position as barangay justice … he is a complete moron and does not understand the concept of justice. He may not have hit anyone during the firing but his act was very irresponsible and could have put anyone in danger.

    • mon key

      this line is part of the news report – “But while Agos and his four drinking buddies are absolved of the killing, Candelario said they would still face charges of illegal discharge of firearms.” they guy and his friends will still face additional charges, for sure kasama na ang disciplinary action dyan. kung sa Davao to nangyari, kawawa talaga sya!

  • andresa igbac

    agos’s group should be jailed. how sure are we they won’t indiscriminately fire again their guns anytime soon?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZWTTKJTI57YO7TZBJC66GA2OLU dennis

    To make it more better for everything eh let us all put concern about GUN BAN and SURRENDERING OF ILLEGAL FIREARMS! Tanong ko lang,How far ba ang pwedeng maabot ng isang bala ng 45 caliber kapag ipinutok mo itong pataas? From one place to another? Sigurado ako na ang baril,kapag ipinutok mo sa taas,it can be between 45-80 Degrees! Syempre kung ikaw ang nagpaputok,hindi mo gagawin na 90 Degrees yan coz sa ulo mo din babagsak ang bala.At kung less 45 Degrees naman,makakamatay na ng tao! Regarding “Perimeter”? Hindi ako sure kung within Caloocan City lang ang nagpaputok? I mean,That is a gun loaded with a real bullet and not a rubber bullet na pwedeng maapektuhan ng air pressure.

  • chitetskoy

    kunin yung maximum bilis ng bala ng cal.45 at alam nilang siguro na sa 45 degrees ang may pinakamalayong trajectory. then dun makukuha ang radius.

    • batangpaslit

      may punto…yan din sabi ko sa mga una kong postings

  • lagotka

    Dapat alisin yan agos na yan sa pwesto sa barangay dahil sya pa mismo ang nagpapaputok ng baril imbes na maging mabuting example at sugo ng kapayapaan. Dapat din ikulong yan dahil sa ginawa nila. Yan mga lasenggo sa kalsada na sundalo, pulis at mga ibang myembro ng gobyerno ang mga mayayabang pag lasing at nagpapaputok ng baril at nagiging sanhi ng takot sa mga mamamayan! WAG TAYO PALOKO SA MGA GANYAN KLASE TAO! IKULONG YAN.

  • lagotka

    Ogags yan si agos. naglalaseng tapos nagpapaputok baril. yan tipo na yan ang tumatakot sa mga tao. salot sa lipunan yan tao na ganyan. alisan ng baril yan. matapang lang yan kasi me baril sya. actually duwag nga yan kaya nga me baril e.

    • batangpaslit

      tumpak….bogus na barangay officer si Agos. siguro, napadpad sia sa agos ng baha kaya napunta sa bandang Caloocan

  • lagotka

    Kunin nyo pwesto nun bata nun tinamaan ng bala. kunin nyo trajectory nun bala. kunin nyo ang range ng baril. isama nyo ang velocity ng bullet. suyurin nyo yun area para sa witness. hanapin nyo lahat ng pulis, sundalo, security guard, gun owners dyan sa area. isama nyo ang mga kilalang me loose firearms dyan. makikita nyo yan kung talgang hahanapin nyo yan ulul na yan! Kawawa PNP, kung mga ganyang kaso inutil na sila. 

  • OFW Franklin

    Another angel was needed in heaven. I pray for the family for the loss and for irrespnsible individual who cause all the pain. 

  • batangpaslit

    The suspect who was absolved is NOT/NOT an authentic Intelligence Officer, or a true Justice Baranggay Officer.

    Will a real Intelligence Officer expose himself of his covert appointment? Will a Justice officer be the first chap to disregard and disobey the rules of engagement?

    Bogus si Agos.

    Besides, malay natin, ibang baril ang ginamit nila at ang na surrender na baril ay ang licensed firearm.

    Ibigay ang imbestigasyon sa hindi takot sa mga bogus na intelligence officers o impostor na Barangay Justice Officer

  • EOJ

    siguradong may ibang baril silang ginamit na walang license. They waited for 3 days to surrender so that they will test negative in the paraffin test. The police should get a court order to search their houses for unlicensed guns.

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