HAGONOY: Five suspected car thieves were killed in an armed encounter with Bulacan police in Marilao on Sunday. The suspects, on board a Nissan X-trail (XTU414) and a Yamaha Mio motorcycle with no license plate, were being chased by members of the Highway Patrol Group 3 (HPG3) when authorities ordered a checkpoint at Barangay Loma de Gato. But the suspects avoided the checkpoint and turned toward Heritage Subdivision also in the same area, where another checkpoint of HPG3 was established with the support of blocking teams, according to Marilao Chief of Police Supt. Rogelio Ramos. He said the suspects fired at the police and a clash ensued that resulted in the immediate death of four suspects. The fifth suspect was rushed to Nazarenus Hospital in neighboring Meycauayan City but was pronounced dead there.