Two persons were killed in simultaneous police operations against loose firearms in Surigao del Sur on Thursday.
Brig. Gen. Joselito Esquivel Jr., Caraga police chief, said the two crime suspects resisted arrest and opened fire, the all too familiar way crime suspects get killed in police operations.
The two dead men were identified as Elesio Labi and Allan Taer.
Labi was the first to fall in a volley of gunfire when he allegedly shot at police officers who tried to serve him with a search warrant at the village of Maglatab in Tagbina town around 5 a.m. on Thursday.
Taer was the next to fall around 5:30 a.m., about a half-hour later, when he grabbed the gun of one of the operatives, who came from the Provincial Intelligence Branch of the Surigao del Sur police, Surigao del Sur Police Provincial Office and Tagbina police station, forcing another officer to shoot him.
A police officer was wounded wounded during the scuffle.
Three firearms, two live fragmentation grenades, ammunition and two small plastic sachets of suspected “shabu” (crystal meth) recovered from the suspects who were linked to series of robbery incidents in Tagbina.
Esquivel vowed the Caraga police would intensify its campaign against loose firearms as part of its anti-criminality effort in the region. By CLC