A robbery-holdup suspect who earlier held up at gunpoint a sales clerk was killed when he engaged lawmen in a shootout before dawn yesterday in Caloocan City.
Caloocan police chief P/Col. Noel Flores said the still unidentified suspect described as about 30 to 35 years old, wearing jacket and short pants died on the spot from bullet wounds in the body.
Prior to the encounter, the suspect, held up at gunpoint Lalaine Joy Mamaril, 20, sales clerk of SM Department Store while she and her friend were walking on their way home at around 12 midnight at the corner of Dagat-dagatan Avenue and Kapak St., Brgy.12.
The suspect forcibly took the victim’s shoulder bag containing cellular phone, P3,000 cash money, SSS and company ID’s and make up kit then fled towards an unknown direction.
The victim immediately sought the assistance of P/Maj. Merben Bryan Lago of Caloocan Police Community Precinct (PCP) 2 and with the assistance of Station Special Operation Unit (SSOU), they conducted a follow-up operation in the area.
At around 2:55 p.m., the lawmen chanced upon the suspect in a vacant lot along C-3 Road, Pamasawata, Brgy. 28 while attempting to destroy the evidence by burning the victim’s personal belongings including her bag and identification cards.
When the suspect sensed the presence of policemen, he drew his caliber .38 revolver and fired towards the direction of approaching lawmen prompting P/Cpl. Christian Pascual to retaliate.
After a brief exchange of gunfire, the suspect was hit in the body, killing him instantly. Police were able to recover from the slain suspect a caliber .38 revolver, four pieces of plastic sachets containing undetermined quantity of shabu and the victim’s personal belongings including her cellular phone, cash money, shoulder bag and her IDs.