Man slain in shootout with Barili cops-A A +A
Thursday, August 22, 2013
A MAN believed to be an ex-convict allegedly threw a grenade at a police team in Barangay Dakit, Barili town, southern Cebu yesterday afternoon.
But it did not explode.
He then shot the police chief and a ranking police officer.
The team of Insp. Arvi Arbuis, the Badian town police chief, retaliated and killed the armed person.
Arbuis was hit in the left shoulder and PO2 Pablito Caadlawon suffered a wound in the left arm. They were out of danger.
The armed person was only identified as a certain Arley, said SPO2 Marcelo Quevedo in a phone interview.
A .9mm pistol (serial number 1056288) and two magazines with 15 bullets were recovered from the crime scene.
Residents told investigators that Arley came from neighboring Carcar City, while others said he is from the Negros Island.
Investigators are looking into the possibility that Arley was a member of a gun-for-hire group and was once a prisoner.
“He has tattoos on his back,” said Quevedo in Bisaya.
At 4:10 p.m., Arbuis led his team in patrolling in Dakit when a concerned citizen later informed them about the an armed person drinking with a companion at a store owned by Dakit Barangay Captain Elma Bargamento.
Arbuis, Caadlawon, PO2 Jessie Lloyd Sebila, and PO1 Ronie Guzman went to the store to check the information.
When they arrived, Arley was alone.
Arley allegedly got a grenade from his jacket when he was confronted by Arbuis.
He then flung the explosive, which landed near Guzman. But it did not explode.
He allegedly pulled out his gun and opened fire at Arbuis’s team.
Arbuis shot back at the suspect, who was hit in different parts of his body.
The suspect was brought to the Barili District Hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival by the attending physician.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 22, 2013.