POLICE authorities launched a manhunt against two gunmen who shot dead shot a member of the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) who was manning a checkpoint in Bislig City, Surigao del Sur on Tuesday.
Reports in Camp Crame on Wednesday said that the Surigao del Sur Provincial police issued a flash alarm to local police stations for the two gunmen who killed Police Officer 2 Edwin Arañes.
Reports said Arañes was with HPG auxiliaries manning a checkpoint in Bislig City when he was shot.
The gunmen on a motorcycle drove by and shot Arañes several times, the reports said.
The reports said that Arañes returned fire at the two gunmen who sped off after the shooting.
Arañes was declared dead on arrival at the Andres Soriano Memorial Hospital Cooperative where he was rushed, the reports said.
Responding policemen recovered from the crime scene several fired cartridge cases for .45 and 9mm handguns; and a deformed .45 slug.