NBI files murder raps vs police linked in Kian Delos Santos slay

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 31) — The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Thursday filed a murder complaint with the Justice Department against four Caloocan City policemen over the killing of 17-year-old Kian Delos Santos.

The NBI said their investigation showed Chief Inspector Amor Cerillo, Caloocan Police Station 7 head, Police Officer (PO) 3 Arnel Oares, PO1 Jeremias Pereda, and PO1 Jerwin Cruz had a hand in killing Kian.

"It is very evident that they have one single purpose, that is to kill victim [Kian]," the NBI report said.

The NBI said Kian was shot while on a kneeling position or fetal position, while the shooter was standing.

"PO3 Arnel Oares and his cohorts accosted victim [Kian] and afterwards dragged him... and shot him without mercy," the report said.

Kian was found dead in a fetal position with gunshots to his head on August 16 as police carried out a "one-time, big-time" anti-illegal drug operation in Caloocan. Police said he drew a firearm, which prompted them to retaliate.

But NBI said if Kian engaged them in a shootout, he would have had gunshot wounds on the front part of his body.

The Philippine National Police Crime Laboratory said Kian had two gunshot wounds to the head, while the autopsy conducted by the Public Attorney's Office (PAO) stated he had one fatal gunshot wound to his body, and two to his head.

According to security camera footage, the NBI said policemen arrested Kian and dragged him to the riverside.

Investigators also found out the policemen would have noticed if Kian was carrying illegal drugs "as he was only wearing boxer shorts" during the encounter.

"If indeed Kian was in possession of said firearm and sachets of shabu, then they should have easily noticed it when they accosted him," the investigation report read.

Two small sachets of suspected shabu, one .45 caliber gun, and four spent cartridge cases were recovered at the scene of the encounter. The police said Kian was a drug courier of his father and uncle, but they said during a Senate probe this is based on social media.

The Delos Santos family on August 25 filed murder and torture complainst with the Justice Department against the four policemen.

The four officers were placed under restrictive custody on August 18.

CNN Philippines' Anjo Alimario contributed to this report.