A SUSPECTED drug pusher was killed while a police officer was hurt in a shootout that transpired during an anti-illegal drug operations conducted in Barangay Sucad, Apalit town recently.
According to Superintendent Roland Agohob, Apalit chief of police, the suspect identified as Jhoeann Pascual was the subject of the drug bust.
Agohob said that Pascual sensed that he was dealing with the police and drew his firearm and shot the police officer identified as Police Officer 2 Nathaniel Cuico who served as a poseur buyer.
Cuico was hit on his abdomen and lower chin but still managed to take cover and retaliate, hitting Pascual on his chest which resulted in the latter's immediate death, Agohob added.
Cuico sustained three gunshot wounds and was taken to the Pampanga Premier Medical Hospital.
Pascual’s companiions, who remained unidentified, managed to escape and headed towards San Simon town.
Recovered from the crime scene were a sachet of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) and P500 marked money, Agohob said.