NBI agent shoots self dead while cleaning gun

Posted at 11/22/12 7:49 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- A National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) agent was killed after accidentally shooting himself while cleaning his own gun in Cebu on Thursday afternoon, authorities said.

NBI Cebu Regional Director Atty. Edward Villarta identified the victim as 35-year-old Atty. Jeffrey Yap, who works for the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT).

Villarta said the victim was cleaning his gun at around 4:30 p.m. inside his quarters in the compound of Cebu International Airport when he accidentally fired it, shooting himself in the head.

Villarta said there was no foul play in the incident based on the trajectory of the bullet that killed Yap. -- Report from Ricky Velasco, dzMM