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Cagayan cop killed in drug buy-bust operation

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- A policeman from Cagayan province was killed after a shootout with arresting authorities in Pamplona town on Sunday afternoon, August 20.

In a report sent to The Northern Forum, Chief Inspector Virgilio Dorado Jr, Sanchez Mira town police chief, identified the victim as certain Sherwin Pascual, 38, an active police officer of Piat town.

Dorado said a police asset negotiated with Pascual on Sunday morning for P15,000-worth of methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu), both dealing to meet at the boundary of Pamplona and Sanchez Mira towns.

Pascual reportedly fled the scene with his motorcycle when he noticed, after handing over the illegal drugs, the police coming out from cover to arrest him.

“When the suspect was eventually cornered in Barangay Nagattatan, Pamplona which is more or less 1000 meters far from the transaction place, he shoot towards the operating team. The subject person however missed his aimed,” Dorado said.

Police said the arresting team responded with the suspect’s fire and shot him dead.

Crime investigators recovered from the victim 9 mm pistol loaded with 12 live ammunition, 1 pc magazine with 10 live ammunition, two cellular phone units, four pieces of heat-sealed suspected shabu and cash. Northernforum.net

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