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PAO investigating death of 19-year-old shot by Caloocan cops

The Public Attorney's Office (PAO) over the weekend visited the site where a 19-year-old was killed by the Caloocan City Police after he supposedly opened fire at them.

In a report by Steve Dailisan on GMA's "24 Oras Weekend" on Sunday, PAO chief Persida V. Rueda-Acosta visited the site where Carl Angelo Arnaiz was killed by Caloocan police officers on August 18.

The PAO also conducted an autopsy of the slain teen, with Acosta noting that Arnaiz had handcuff marks on both wrists.

According to the police, Arnaiz got in a taxi in the early hours of August 18 in Navotas.

They said he then held up the taxi driver while the cab was on Circumferential Road 3 (C3), took the driver's wallet, hit him with a gun and fled the scene.

The police officers were patrolling the area and said that Arnaiz was positively identified by the taxi driver. The teen then opened fire at them, they said.

The police also said they found marijuana and shabu on Arnaiz's person.

Arnaiz's parents found him in the morgue on August 28, 10 days after he had gone missing.

For its part, the Caloocan City Police remained firm on its report.

"Sasabihin nila na pinatay ng police 'yung anak nila, when in fact meron namang ginawang kasalan," Police Superintendent Illustre Mendoza, Acting Chief of Police of Caloocan City, said in the report.

"Tinitimbang lang natin. Hindi naman oras-oras, araw-araw, minu-minuto, nasusubaybayan natin 'yung mga anak natin," he added.

The Caloocan City Police has recently come under fire after being implicated in the death of 17-year-old Kian Loyd Delos Santos, who was killed during an anti-drug operation on August 16, two days before Arnaiz was killed. — Jon Viktor D. Cabuenas/BM/KVD, GMA News