Family snap captures killer gunman


An assassin can be seen aiming a gun at Reynaldo Dagsa, who was taking a picture of his family (AP)

A murdered politician accidentally captured his killer in a photograph just as he was about to be shot in the Philippines.

Councillor Reynaldo Dagsa was taking a picture of his family outside their house in Manila when he was gunned down on New Year’s Eve.

The photo revealed a man aiming a gun from behind the smiling family, his wife, daughter and mother-in-law.

The gunman, wearing a baseball cap, is bracing himself against a car and pointing his gun at Mr Dagsa. His face is slightly obscured by the gun.

The car was parked in an alley outside the Dagsas’ house. Also in the right corner of the photograph is a man police identified as the assassin’s lookout.

The family gave police the photo and a man identified as the gunman in the picture was arrested. A man alleged to be his accomplice also was arrested in a separate raid.

Police said the main suspect was a car thief who was out on bail and wanted revenge against Mr Dagsa for ordering his arrest last year.

Mr Dagsa’s wife and daughter said he had asked them to wake him up before the stroke of midnight so he could join in the usually noisy New Year’s Day street revelry.

The family members said they did not hear a gunshot because fireworks were exploding all around them. They only saw Mr Dagsa falling to the ground after he was hit.

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