A man who was accused of raping an infant child was shot dead by police in Manila when he allegedly launched an escape attempt after convincing police officers that he was unwell, and should be taken to hospital.

On January 21, the suspect Benedicto Dizon, a 22-year-old construction worker, was arrested in Malate, Manila for allegedly raping an eight-month-old baby. The child’s mother reported the matter to the police after she discovered that her daughter had been sexually molested, Philippine Star reported.

Dizon was detained in the Manila Police District (MPD) headquarters. Last Thursday evening, Dizon reportedly claimed that he had a headache and breathing difficulties. He was brought out of his detention cell to enable him to go for a medical checkup.

Police officer Dennis Javier took Dizon to the office of Superintendent Bobby Glen Ganipac to gain clearance for seeking treatment.

Richard Escarlan, MPD homicide investigator, said that while waiting for a vehicle to take Dizon to the hospital, Javier removed Dizon’s handcuffs and offered him coffee. When Javier was putting the handcuffs back on the suspect after he drank his coffee, Dizon allegedly grabbed the cop’s gun and fired but missed.

Ganipac then pulled out his gun and shot Dizon twice, hitting him in the chest. Dizon was rushed to the Ospital ng Maynila Medical Center in Malate but was declared dead on arrival.