MANILA – Philippine police shot on Tuesday an armed man, who later died, after he tried to enter the Archbishop of Cebu’s residence in Cebu City of the Philippines, according to the Archdiocese.
“An unidentified person wanted to see the Archbishop Jose Palma, who was in Manila. The police were called after the man refused to leave,” Cebu Archdiocesan media liaison officer Msgr. Joseph Tan said in a statement.
A police spokesperson said that a member of the Archbishop’s residence staff called them when they saw the assailant acting in a strange manner.
The man refused to leave and was suspected of carrying a weapon, Tan said.
After the police arrived at the Archbishop’s residence a shootout erupted between officers and the man, who was shot.
An ambulance was called, but the man was declared dead on the spot.
An investigation is underway and the police have identified the assailant as Jeffrey Canedo through his driver’s license, according to Central Visayas police director Chief Superintendent Debold Sinas.
“The official police report will disclose the details pending investigation,” Tan said.
The Archdiocese of Cebu said there was no known prior threat to the Archbishop and asked followers to pray so that the “peace may be restored.”
The possible motive of the assailant is unclear.
Archbishop Palma had traveled to Manila over the weekend to attend a three-day meeting of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.