Wanted person dies after resisting arrest

A WANTED person got killed after resisting arrest by police operatives while his elder brother was arrested for carnapping at Purok RD, Barangay Suay, Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental on Tuesday.

Police identified the fatality as Melvin Hilado, 25, of the said village. Arrested was his elder brother Ben Lee Hilado, 29.

Personnel of Himamaylan City Police Station in coordination with Negros Occidental Provincial Force Maneuver Company raided Hilado’s house around 9 p.m.

The team was armed with an arrest warrant for carnapping issued by Judge Rodney Magbanua of Regional Trial Court Branch 61 in Kabankalan City.

The court had set a bail of P300,000 each for their provisional liberty.

The younger Hilado tried to escape. When the policemen ordered him to stop, he pointed a gun at them, prompting the operatives to fire at him.

He succumbed to two gunshot wounds in the chest.

Policemen recovered from the scene a .38 caliber revolver loaded with three live ammunition owned by the suspect.

The elder Hilado also yielded two sachets of suspected “shabu” (methamphetamine hydrochloride) and an improvised tooter.

He was charged for illegal possession of dangerous drugs.

In 2015, he was released from the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City after serving a sentence for carnapping.

Chief Inspector Antonio Benitez Jr., city police chief, said there was no liability on the part of policemen in accordance with the procedure and performance of duty.

“It was an act of self-defense as there was danger during the operation,” Benitez added.
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