Philippine man shot dead by police for violating Lockdown rules

05. 04. 2020 | 5.41pm
Philippine man shot dead by police for violating Lockdown rules

A 63-year-old man was shot dead in the Philippines after threatening village officials and police with a scythe at a coronavirus checkpoint, Aljazeera reports quoting a police report.

The man is believed to have been drunk when he threatened village officials and police manning the checkpoint in the town of Nasipit in the  of Agusan del Norte on Thursday, a police report said. 

"The suspect was cautioned by a village health worker, for not wearing a face mask," the report said.

"But the suspect got angry, uttering provoking words and eventually attacked the personnel using a scythe." It further mentioned.

The suspect was shot dead by a police officer who was trying to pacify him. 

The incident is the first reported case of police shooting a civilian for refusing to follow restrictions to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday warned that anyone who does not follow the lockdown rules will be shot dead.

Cover photo :  [Anadolu Agency]

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