THREE drug suspects were slain early Thursday morning in two shootouts with anti-drug operatives of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD), while another suspect was arrested.
QCPD Director Sr. Supt. Guillermo Eleazar said the first incident involved Batasan Police Station 6 operatives at Diamond Ville Street in Barangay Bagong Silangan.
Suspect Bernard Salvador was shot after he fired at operatives of the Station Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (SAID-SOTG) at a buy-bust in his house at 5:05 am on Thursday.
Salvador was No. 71 on the drug watch list of Station 6. A confidential agent arranged the deal, and neighbors claimed he was a drug pusher.
Salvador was rushed to East Avenue Medical Center but was declared dead on arrival.
Crime scene operatives recovered one caliber .45 pistol with two cartridges, four empty shells, two deformed used bullets, five plastic sachets of shabu, drug paraphernalia and two P100 bills used as marked money.
More than an hour later, two drug suspects were also gunned down and a cohort was arrested at 6:15 a.m. in a buy-bust. The operation was conducted by the Novaliches Police Station 4 SAID-SOTG led by Insp. Dennis Francisco, at Delnacia Village in Barangay Sauyo, Novaliches.
Killed were Jose Paolo Rayos, 30, and a person identified as “Jemar” who was of medium built, and had a height of 5’5” to 5’6.” The arrested suspect was identified as John Edward Apo, 31.
Police reports showed that an operative acted as buyer. When Rayos sensed that he was dealing with a policeman, he drew his firearm and fired at the operatives, the PNP said.
Gunshots were exchanged, with Jemar also firing at the police, the reports claimed. Rayos and Jemar were seriously wounded and rushed to the Novaliches District Hospital but were declared dead on arrival.
The three suspects were included in the drug watch list of Station 4.
Police obtained two caliber .45 pistols, three caliber .38 revolvers, and one 9mm pistol; 14 fired cartridge cases, one deformed bullet, 10 plastic sachets of shabu totaling 15 grams, nine plastic sachets of marijuana, one self-sealing plastic bag of suspected marijuana and one P500 bill used in the buy-bust.