A SUSPECTED pusher was killed while a police officer was wounded at 10:30 p.m. Sunday, February 4, in a drug bust in Baranagy South Poblacion, San Fernando, Cebu.
The fatality was identified as Benjamin Acero Jr., who was known as "Titing" and "Makmak."
He succumbed to gunshot wounds in the body.
Police Officer 2 Aristeo Tampus was hit in the left arm. He was out of danger.
Tampus, before the shooting happened, acted as a junkie and bought a sachet of "shabu" (methamphetamine hydrochloride) from Acero for P500.
Tampus then announced he is a police officer and arrested Acero, who resisted and grabbed the former's Glock .9mm service pistol.
The police officer grappled with Acero, who pulled the trigger, hitting Tampus.
Tampus, despite his wound, continued to grapple for the gun. After he overpowered Acero and held the grip of the gun, he retaliated and wounded the suspect.
Tampus was rushed to a private hospital in Naga City. Acero was brought to Cebu Provincial Hospital in Carcar City, where he did not make it alive.
Seized from Acero were a small sachet, which is subject of sale, two other small sachets and a medium pack of shabu placed inside a coin purse and the drug bust money.
Superintendent Reyman Tolentin, the Police Regional Office-Central Visayas information officer, said the suspect's death is the first recorded fatality in Cebu after the lead role in the fight against illegal drugs was given back to the Philippine National Police on Dec. 5, 2017.
Tolentin added that the operation was legitimate. (KAL/SunStar Cebu)