Ex-traffic enforcer shot dead-A A +A
Saturday, October 20, 2012
A FORMER traffic enforcer was shot dead by four unknown assailants in Talisay City last Thursday dawn.
Police investigators suspected that the shooting of ex-traffic enforcer Manuel Castro, a resident of Barangay Tanke, is connected to his alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade in the city.
Castro, 40, was reportedly standing near a road in Sitio Colis, Barangay Tabunok at 3:15 a.m. last Thursday when a gray Isuzu Crosswind stopped in front of him.
Three unidentified men alighted from the vehicle and dragged Castro. One of the men then shot Castro with an M4 assault rifle when the former traffic enforcer reportedly resisted his captors.
When Castro fell, the suspects sped toward Barangay Lagtang and Sitio Nonoc in Barangay Tabunok.
The Talisay City Police Station homicide team composed of SPO4 Daniel Tarucan and PO3 Ferdinand Pablo responded to the alarm made by a person who requested anonymity.
Police investigators found Castro dead with two gunshot wounds on his side. One bullet went through Castro’s back.
They also found seven empty shells of a 5.56 mm caliber near the body.
Castro was once jailed in the Talisay City Jail for illegal drug possession. He worked as a watchman for the old Tabunok Public Market before the arrest.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 20, 2012.