A DRUG personality was killed during a buy-bust operation conducted by the local police in Barangay Apsayan, Gerona, Tarlac, Tuesday, September 11.
Senior Superintendent Ritchie Posadas, Tarlac police provincial director, identified the fatality as Ernesto Purganan, 43, of Barangay Ugot, Tarlac City.
During the drug bust, the suspect reportedly tried to escape and drew his gun while running away from the cops.
Posadas said Purganan fired at Police Offier 3 Artem Balagtas.
This prompted the back-up police team to retaliate hitting the suspect.
Recovered from the crime scene were 10 sachets of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu, .38 caliber revolver with five fired bullets from the cylinder, a Honda TMX (8001 UD) and P500 marked money. (Ric Sapnu)