AUTHORITIES shot dead on Wednesday evening a suspected drug pusher, while another was wounded after resisting arrest in two separate drug busts in Davao City.
The latest incident was launched by operatives from the Bunawan police led by its station commander Simplicio Sagarino Jr. in coordination with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Davao Region around 7:30 p.m. at Sitio Buhisan in Barangay Tibungco.
The suspect, identified as Archie Cantada Ocariz, 36, and a resident of Tawagan Norte in Labangan town in Zamboanga del Sur, engaged in a transaction of illegal drugs with police operatives.
The suspect allegedly engaged in a shootout with them after he sensed the buyers are police operatives.
The operatives, who posed as undercover, immediately drew their firearms and shot the suspect that resulted to his death.
Ocariz was brought to the Southern Philippines Medical center (SPMC) for treatment after he sustained a gunshot wound on his face.
Scene of the Crime Operatives (Soco) recovered three live ammunitions, one fired cartridge case, and four sachets of suspected shabu.
Multiple charges are now being readied against Ocariz for violation of the Republic Act (RA) 9165, otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 and RA 10591, otherwise known as the Illegal Possession of Firearms and Ammunition.
Oeratives of Sta. Ana police led by its station commander Royina Garma in coordination with PDEA Davao also conducted a drug bust operation at around 6:45 p.m. at Purok San Miguel in Barangay Agdao targeting the drug pusher identified as John Denila Dela Torre, alias Amo, 34, and a resident of Puting Lupa in Barangay San Antonio in Agdao District.
The transaction between the police officer who acted as a fake buyer and the drug pusher was botched after the latter sensed the identity of the buyer.
A chase then ensued as Dela Torre tried to elude the arrest of the police operatives. But as the suspect was cornered, he drew his firearm and pointed it towards the direction of the police operatives.
Police asked the suspect to just surrender but he shot one of the police operatives, prompting them to fire back, hitting the suspect on his chest and resulted to his death.
Soco recovered sachets of assorted sizes of suspected shabu, one .35 caliber revolver, one fired cartridge case believed to be from a 9mm, and three live ammos.
The cadaver was brought to Angel Funeral Homes, while the recovered evidence were submitted to the laboratory for examination.