Mark Soque, QC robbery-rape suspect, shot dead by policewoman

Mark Soque, the prime suspect in robbery and rape incidents in Quezon City, was shot dead by a policewoman when he allegedly grabbed her gun.

The Philippine Star reported via Yahoo! News Philippines that the incident happened Monday night at the Quezon City Hall of Justice.

The 29-year-old, who was arrested Thursday last week, was being subjected to inquest proceedings for eight robberies, three rapes and the murder of a Korean woman.

Photo: YouTube screen grab (ABS-CBN News)

Soque's escort, Police Officer 3 Juvy Jumuad, reportedly told investigators that they were outside the fiscal's office when the suspect asked if he could answer the call of nature.

He allegedly grabbed Jumuad's service firearm—a .40 caliber Glock pistol—as he was being accompanied to the comfort room.

The gun reportedly went off twice as the two were struggling to control it. One bullet hit the ceiling while the other made its way through the suspect's chin and exited at the back of his head, according to the report.

Soque was brought to the East Avenue Medical Center, but was declared dead on arrival.

Jumuad explained to the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) that it was not her intention to kill him, saying she only defended herself and protected the people nearby, PhilStar reported.

She, however, said Soque deserved it.

CHR spokesperson Marc Cebreros, who insisted they are not pro-criminals, said an investigation on Soque’s death would be pushed through.