Foreign retiree, 60, shot dead

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

A GERMAN national was gunned down by a security guard after he was allegedly mistaken for a thief inside a retirement village in Barangay Guiwang, Alcoy, Cebu at dawn yesterday.

This is the second case of a foreigner getting killed by a security guard after a British national who co-owned a dive shop and resort in Malapascua Island in Daanbantayan was also shot dead last month.

Hunsjurgen Hesse, 60, was seen standing near the office of Sola Homes Retirement Resort when the shooting took place past 2 a.m., police said.


The victim who had been living in the resort with his German wife didn’t make it alive when rushed to the town hospital.


Insp. Crisanto Abella, head of the Alcoy Police Station, said Hesse died from two gunshot wounds in the chest and forehead.

Police are looking for Jerome Niere, 36, who was identified by his co-worker as the gunman.

Niere is from Borbon town and works for the CQB Security and Detective Agency.

Initial investigation revealed that Jerry Carulasan, one of the on-duty security guards, was making his rounds when he noticed a spark at the back of the office.

Carulasan saw a man in a hooded jacket, which prompted him to call Niere for backup.

Niere was assigned at the gate.

When Niere arrived at the scene, the man who turned out to be Hesse had moved 30 meters from the office.

Without confronting the man, Niere opened fire several times.

When they checked the body, they were shocked when they found out it was Hesse.

“Parts mosibat nako kay usa man diay ni sa homeowners (I need to get out ‘cause I just shot one of the homeowners),” Carulasan quoted Niere as saying.

Before leaving the resort, Niere left his service firearm, a 9mm service pistol.

Police found three slugs and empty shells at the scene.


Carulasan, for his part, surrendered to police and narrated everything what happened. He will undergo a paraffin test at PNP Regional Office 7 Crime Laboratory.

Police will also invite two other security guards--Jose Antonio Hanginon and Solomon Catolpos—for questioning.

Abella, when interviewed by Sun.Star Cebu, said the security guards should have confronted Hesse before taking any action.

“Kung kawatan diay, diritsuon diay og pusil? Ila ta tong gisita sa (They should called his attention first. And you just don’t shoot even if that someone happens to be a thief),” he said.

Hesse was reportedly in his underwear at that time of the shooting and was believed to have gone swimming or was getting fresh air.

Abella said they have not yet interviewed the victim’s wife who was traumatized by the incident.

The wife reportedly only speaks German.

The remains of Hesse were brought to the Cebu Rolling Hills on A.S. Fortuna St. in Mandaue City.

Last April, British national Anthony Gilchrist, 34, was shot and killed by his security guard, Melchor Alciso Jr., 42, during an argument on Black Saturday.

Gilchrist, who co-owned Fish Buddies Dive Shop Resort, died from multiple gunshot wounds.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 09, 2014.

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