Fugi­tive evades cops once again

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Front Page - By Al­wen Salir­ing

Au­thor­i­ties are hunt­ing down a sup­posed hired killer who evaded po­lice­men out to ar­rest him at FS Catan­ico, Ca­gayan de Oro City, over the week­end.

Po­lice op­er­a­tives climbed the hilly por­tion of said vil­lage to serve the search war­rant against Mamerto Tap­dasan for il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of guns, bul­lets and ex­plo­sives, late af­ter­noon, Sun­day, Septem­ber 10.

“Gi­tun­gas nato ang mga pito ka bung­tod to im­ple­ment sa search war­rant pero nakaikyas ang atong tar­get,” Chief In­spec­tor Evan Viñas, po­lice sta­tion 10 chief, said.

The sus­pect may have no­ticed their pres­ence be­fore the op­er­a­tives ar­rived at and im­me­di­ately fired at them, trig­ger­ing a 3-minute fire fight.

Viñas said no one was hit by bul­lets but some of the op­er­a­tives sus­tained slight in­juries when they tried to ma­neu­ver dur­ing the gun bat­tle.

“Walay naigo pero naay gamay mga in­jured tun­god sa pag­ma­neu­ver ug paglikay kay bung­tod man gud ang area,” Viñas said.

Au­thor­i­ties seized two im­pro­vised shot­gun (sumpak) with five live am­mos, as­sorted iden­ti­fi­ca­tion cards (IDs) and an MK2 frag­men­ta­tion grenade dur­ing the full search of the house.

Viñas said the sus­pect was said to be a hired killer based on the ac­counts of wit­nesses of a shooting in­ci­dent that killed a re­tired po­lice­man in the vil­lage some time last year.

Viñas said the sus­pect orig­i­nally hails from Quezon, Bukid­non but is liv­ing with a friend in the up­land vil­lage.

“Main­gon nato siya nga hired killer kay siya ang gi­tudlo sa mga wit­nesses ni­ad­tong pagka­p­atay sa usa ka re­tired po­lice diri ni­ad­tong mi­ag­ing tuig,” Viñas said.

“Makakuha tag bal­lis­tic exam sa iya mahibal-an nato if in­volved siya sa laing mga shooting in­ci­dents diri sa syu­dad,” Viñas added.

The sta­tion com­man­der said they are still de­ter­min­ing whether the sus­pect had a hand in other shooting in­ci­dents in the city.

Viñas also warned the public to re­port to au­thor­i­ties if the armed sus­pect on the run, who stands about 5'5” with brown com­plex­ion, is sighted.

The po­lice will pressed charges against the sus­pect for il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of firearms, am­mu­ni­tion and ex­plo­sives.

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