A police officer has been killed in the line of duty under some very bizarre and tragic circumstances.
Lieutenant Christian Bolok was attending a raid on an illegal cockfight in San Jose, located in the Philippines' central province of Northern Samar, on Monday.
Cockfighting is a popular blood sport in the country, with money often bet on the deadly outcome. Two cockerels are typically forced to fight to the death in an arena, armed with bladed spurs.
The sport had been banned, along with other sporting and cultural events, since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in an effort to prevent transmission of the virus.
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Lt Bolok, the police chief of San Jose, had turned up at the cockfight to gather evidence of illegal activity, and picked up one of the roosters with the intention of confiscating it.
As he did so, one of the armed bird's blades cut into his thigh and happened to slice right through his femoral artery, the main arterial supply to the thigh and leg.
The unlucky police officer was rushed to a provincial hospital where it was pronounced he had bled to death.
"I have a heavy heart as we have lost a brother who sacrificed his own life in the name of service," the provincial police chief Colonel Arnel Apud said in a statement.
"The [Philippine National Police] grieves the untimely death of Lt Bolok and extends its deepest sympathy to his family and relatives."
"It was an unfortunate accident and a piece of bad luck that I cannot explain," Colenel Apud later told Agence France-Presse.
"I could not believe it when it was first reported to me.
"This is the first time in my 25 years as a policeman that I lost a man due to a fighting cock's spur."
Three people were arrested and two fighting cocks were seized in the raid, along with two sets of spurs.
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