A normal traffic apprehension turned into a near fatal shooting met a traffic enforcer of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) as he suffered serious gunshot wounds late Wednesday afternoon as he apprehending a motorist for violating the UVVRP or Number Coding. This was according to a Twitter posts by MMDA Traffic Director Yves Gonzalez.
According to Gonzalez, the incident started when the traffic enforcer, later identified as Larry Fiala, accosted the suspect identified as Edward John Gonzalez (no relation to the MMDA official) underneath the Santolan Flyover along EDSA at about 4 in the afternoon for violating the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program or simply known as Number Coding. The suspect then punched Fiala, quickly boarded his vehicle and sped away. The enforcer then chased the violator along EDSA until the latter turned into the Shell service station to bypass into Florida Street. This was when the suspect shot Fiala inflicting three wounds to him, in the abdomen, arm and hand.
The enforcer was rushed to the Polymedic General Hospital for treatment of his gunshot wounds. Luckily witnesses at the scene were able to identify the gunman's vehicle, a black Nissan Frontier Navara with plate WMD 505. This information aided in the swift arrest of the suspect by elements of the Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) who turned over the suspect to the Mandaluyong City Police.
"The suspect is a young thin looking guy, not more than 23 years old was positively identified by a witness to the shooting," said Gonzalez.
As of 1:00AM Thursday, Gonzales tweeted that Fiala's operation was successful and will be transferred to the recovery soon according to the doctor.