Updated: Sat, 28 Nov 2009 09:07:20 GMT | By Agence France-Presse

Foreign tourists shot in brawl with Philippine police: govt

An American, an Australian and a South Korean were among four people shot and wounded in a bar brawl involving police officers in the Philippine tourist resort of Puerto Galera, officials said Saturday.


An American, an Australian and a South Korean were among four people shot and wounded in a bar brawl involving police officers in the Philippine tourist resort of Puerto Galera, officials said Saturday.

American John Grimm, 45, and Paul Andrew Jones, a 57 year-old Australian, were treated at a local hospital, each for a gunshot wound to their right foot, while Kim Myung-Hoon, a 38 year-old South Korean, was treated for a gunshot wound on the right thigh, the national police headquarters said.

A Filipino man was also shot on the right thigh while three other people including a South Korean man and a policeman suffered slight injuries, it said in a statement.

A policeman was detained and the beach resort's police chief was suspended from his post following the fight at a beachfront bar on Friday night, the police statement said.

The suspended Puerto Galera police commander, Superintendent James Brillantes, was a guest at the opening of the bar. His police escort officer exchanged blows with a group of foreign tourists before shots rang out, the police report said.

The escort officer was later detained while six other local policemen were placed under investigation, it added.

Puerto Galera and its white-sand beaches, located on the north coast of Mindoro island, is a major tourist destination.

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