ZAMBOANGA CITY – An official of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) was killed in an accidental firing at his rented home in Zamboanga Sibugay province, a top police official said Monday.

Brig. Gen. Franco Simborio, Police Regional Office – Zamboanga Peninsula (PRO-9) director, said Akmad Sampang, the provincial NBI chief of Zamboanga Sibugay, was fatally hit on the chest while cleaning his service firearm, Glock 40 pistol around 8 a.m. Saturday at his place in Purok Golden Mango, Barangay Poblacion of Ipil town.

His live-in partner told investigators that Sampang, 59, asked her to go out and buy coconut water.

“Upon returning home, she was surprised when the victim was already lying with blood with a gunshot wound on his chest while his issued firearm was beside him,” Simborio said in a statement.

He said the victim’s live-in partner, whose identity was withheld, immediately asked assistance from their neighbors and rushed Sampang to the Zamboanga Sibugay Provincial Hospital.

Attending physicians failed to revive the victim.

Aside from the gun, an empty bullet shell, a deformed slug, and a magazine with 13 live ammunition were also recovered at the scene. (PNA)