Canadian kills 2 in Philippine court, is shot dead

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Associated Press

Posted on January 22, 2013 at 3:01 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 22 at 4:04 AM

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Canadian man facing charges of illegal possession of firearms opened fire in a Philippine courtroom Tuesday, killing two people and wounding a prosecutor before police fatally shot him.

Officials say John H. Pope appeared in court in central Cebu city, where he resided, to face the charges, when he pulled out a gun and shot a lawyer and a neighbor who filed a case against him. He then fired at a prosecutor in the hallway of the building before police fatally wounded him.

Local media say Pope's neighbor had accused him of brandishing a weapon and threatening him and other residents in their condominium.

Pope was quoted as saying that the pistol he was carrying was for self-defense.

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