A SUSPECTED drug personality was killed in a shootout with policemen during a buy-bust operation in Palo, Leyte Friday evening, July 3, 2020.
The fatality was identified as Frederick “Eric” Nabora, legal age, married, a resident of Palo and listed as a high-value individual of the Police Regional Office-Eastern Visayas.
During the joint buy-bust operation, an undercover policeman acted as poseur-buyer and purchased from the suspect one piece of a heat-sealed plastic sachet of suspected “shabu” at around 10:20 p.m. Friday in Barangay Cavite West, Palo.
After the transaction was consummated, the poseur-buyer activated a pre-arranged signal for the arresting team.
When the suspect sensed that police officers were arriving to arrest him, he drew a gun and fired it towards an approaching police officer.
Policemen managed to fire back, hitting Nabora in the different parts of his body, police said in a report.
The suspect was immediately brought to Leyte Provincial Hospital for medical attention but was declared dead-on-arrival by the attending physician, Dr. Ford Villarente.
The operation was conducted by the Regional Drug Enforcement Unit headed by Lieutenant Julio Armeza and Palo Municipal Police led by Major Joemen Collado, in coordination with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Eastern Visayas. (SunStar Philippines)