Bandung. An Indonesian Air Force member accused of killing a man and shooting two women in a rage over a messy shoe rack turned himself in to military police on Saturday after a week on the run.
Corporal Rio Budiwijaya was detained by military police at the Husein Sastranegara Airport, in Bandung, Saturday night. Both the Air Force and the Bandung Police will investigate the shooting.
“Because all of the witnesses are civilians… cooperation with district police needed to be conducted,” Air Force spokesman Air Commodore SB Supriadi said on Sunday. “The Military Provost will handle the legal process just because RBW is a military soldier.”
Rio was wanted for the shooting of three people at a boarding house on Gang Narpan, in Bojong Loa Kidul subdistrict, Bandung, on Oct. 6. The solider reportedly entered the room in a fury, demanding who had messed up the shoe rack in front of his illegitimate wife Yani’s room, according to reports on the Indonesian news portal Detik.com.
Before anyone could answer, Rio allegedly opened fire in the tiny room, reportedly shooting his gun in the air and at the floor. One bullet hit the room’s tenant, Ade Kartika, in the leg. Another struck her friend Suprianta in the chest and a third fatally hit Hendi in the head.
A fourth person, Dina, witnessed the crime but remained unscathed.
Rio faces at least five years in prison and possible dishonorable discharge from the Air Force, if convicted, Supriadi said.
“Seeing as how in this case he killed a man, the punishment could be more than five years,” he said. “While he could also be dismissed from the force based on the [outcome] of the trial as a military sanction.”