Drug sus­pect killed in drug bust

Sun Star Bacolod - - Front Page - BY GLAZYL Y. MASCULINO

A NEWLY-IDEN­TI­FIED drug per­son­al­ity was killed af­ter he re­port­edly re­sisted ar­rested in a buy-bust op­er­a­tion at Barangay Pobla­cion 1 in Sa­gay City, Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 1.

Po­lice iden­ti­fied the fa­tal­ity as Leobon Charita, 26, of Barangay Old Sa­gay.

He was al­legedly a leader of a drug group in the city.

Chief In­spec­tor An­to­nio Ben­itez Jr., city po­lice chief, said Charita al­legedly sold a sus­pected shabu (metham­phetamine hy­drochlo­ride) to Se­nior Po­lice Of­fi­cer 1 (SPO1) Ronie San­ico for P500 at his rented house.

Af­ter the trans­ac­tion, Charita, how­ever, sensed he was deal­ing with a po­lice­man, which prompted him to shoot the lat­ter.

The po­lice of­fi­cer was hit on a bul­let vest and fell to the ground.

San­ico’s col­leagues saw the sus­pect, armed with a .38 cal­iber re­volver, and fired at him twice, hit­ting him on the head and chest.

Charita was de­clared dead at a hos­pi­tal. The po­lice was un­harmed.

Ben­itez said they had no in­ten­tion to kill the sus­pect but only to neu­tral­ize him.

How­ever, be­cause there is an im­mi­nent dan­ger, Ben­itez said it is also nec­es­sary to pro­tect them­selves.

Re­cov­ered from the scene were the sus­pect’s firearm loaded with am­mu­ni­tion, 17 sa­chets of sus­pected shabu worth P20,000, drug para­pher­na­lia, and the P500 marked money.

Charita was pre­vi­ously un­der the drugs watch­list and later on formed his own drug group.

He was placed un­der sur­veil­lance for more than three weeks, Ben­itez said.

Mean­while, Chief In­spec­tor Edi­son Gar­cia, pub­lic in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer of Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal Po­lice Pro­vin­cial Of­fice (Nocppo), said a moto pro­pio in­ves­ti­ga­tion will be con­ducted by the Pro­vin­cial In­ter­nal Af­fairs Ser­vice (PIAS) on the in­ci­dent.*

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