1 dead, 1 hurt in Burgundy Tower shootout
MANILA (2nd UPDATE) – One person was killed and another got wounded in a shootout involving security guards at Burgundy Tower along Gil Puyat in Makati City Thursday afternoon.
Makati Police chief Sr. Supt. Manuel Lukban said the shooting incident, which involved two security groups, occurred at around 5:40 p.m.
The fatality was identified as Jimmy Lagunsad, a guard from the Sidekick Security Agency.
He was declared dead on arrival at Makati Medical Center.
Lukban said it took a while before Makati Police was able to penetrate the area since the building was closed by armed men.
The shootout occurred after a sheriff arrived to serve a temporary restraining order against the incumbent board of directors led by Wilfredo Serafica.
The sheriff was accompanied by the Sidekick Security Agency.
They claimed that the Swag Security Agency, which was with Serafica, fired at them when they arrived at the building.
The Swag Security Agency, meanwhile, said guards from the Sidekick Agency were the first to fire shots.
At around 6 p.m., Makati Police and a SWAT team surrounded the building and safely evacuated the tenants.
More than 100 security guards were disarmed and arrested. The guards will also undergo a paraffin test to determine who shot Lagunsad.
Nilo Santos, the new chairman of the board of Burgundy Tower, said the incident stemmed from a corporate dispute between the new and former board of directors.
“The sheriff was trying to serve the TRO, just in the process of him trying to serve, he was met with heavy resistance and nagkagulo,” he said.
The tenants of the building have returned to their units. -- Reports from Eric Dastas, dzMM; Pinky Webb and Raffy Santos, ABS-CBN News