TWO police officers and a gunman were killed late Friday afternoon in a shootout in Batangas City, police said Saturday.
The policemen were identified as SPO4 Fidel Macatangay and PO3 Melvin Talabis and the gunman as Avelino Ulbata de Paz.
The reports said the policemen were riding a Crosswind SUV on the national highway in Barangay Sta. Rita, Batangas City, when de Paz and an unidentified companion fired at them.
The reports said that despite being wounded, the two policemen fired back at their attackers and hit De Paz
The officers were declared dead at a hospital. De Paz’s body was found by responding policemen some 30 meters from the encounter scene.
The Batangas Provincial Police Office are trying to determine the motive behind the attack on the two policemen.