ZAMBOANGA CITY – Two motorcycle gunmen killed a policeman minutes after he and his team arrested a suspected drug pusher in a sting operation in Zamboanga City in southern Philippines, officials said.
Officials said SPO3 Ronie Alar Adanza was heading home on his motorcycle after the operation when he stopped and talked to a group of civilians when the gunmen arrived and shot him in the head. The killing occurred late Thursday at Cariño Compound in Camino Nuevo.
“Investigation showed that prior to the incident, victim together with members of the Zamboanga City Police Office and Zamboanga City Police Station 2 were conducting a drug buy bust operation along Mayor Vitaliano Agan Avenue at about 9:45 in the evening of October 5 and at about 9:53 p.m., the victim on board his motorcycle on his way home, wherein upon reaching at the inner portion of Cariño Compound, Camino Nuevo, he stopped to talk to some residents of said place. Minute later, two persons allegedly on board a single motorcycle appeared behind the victim and shot him on his head,” said Chief Inspector Helen Galvez, a regional police spokeswoman.
She said the assailants fled after the shooting. Police investigators recovered three bullet casings fired from a .45-caliber pistol. Galvez said police were searching for the assassins.
Prior to the attack, Adanza’s group arrested the 39-year old Rodel Gonzales who alleged sold a packet of crystal meth to a police undercover agent along Mayor Vitaliano Agan Avenue near Camino Nuevo.
Police were investigating whether Adanza’s murder was connected to the sting operation or not. The local police force have been very active in the government’s drug war and had arrested hundreds in the past months. (Mindanao Examiner)
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