2 gun­run­ners killed in clash with po­lice

Tempo - - News - (Minka Klau­dia S. Tiangco)

Two al­leged gun­run­ners were killed in a buy-bust op­er­a­tion for firearms on Sa­balo St., Barangay 12, Caloocan City Fri­day.

Po­lice iden­ti­fied the sus­pects as Reg­gie de Guz­man, 31, and a cer­tain Jayson Paguia, both res­i­dents of the area.

De Guz­man had sev­eral pend­ing cases, in­clud­ing the killing of barangay tanod or watch­man An­to­nio Braquin. He was also listed as a drug user at the Barangay An­tiDrug Abuse Coun­cil, po­lice said.

The North­ern Po­lice Dis­trict Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion and De­tec­tion Group con­ducted the op­er­a­tion at the sus­pects' house at about 10 a.m.

In­ves­ti­ga­tion showed that while two po­lice poseur buy­ers were fi­nal­iz­ing a deal with De Guz­man and Paguia, the sus­pects no­ticed that some of the bills they were given were fake.

The sus­pects drew firearms and shot at the po­lice­men, who im­me­di­ately took cover. They re­tal­i­ated and hit the sus­pects on dif­fer­ent parts of their bod­ies. A team from NPD Health Ser­vice at­tended to the sus­pects but they were pro­nounced dead at about 10:30 a.m.

Re­cov­ered af­ter the en­counter were two .38 cal­iber re­volvers, a cal­iber .45 pis­tol, four sa­chets of sus­pected shabu, two fired car­tridge cases of 9mm cal­iber, two fired car­tridge cases of .45 cal­iber, ₱1,000 cash, and 14 fake bills.

Two sa­chets of sus­pected shabu were re­trieved from Paguia’s right front pocket.

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