CAGAYAN policemen late evening Friday shot and killed an armed man who fired at them while they were about to accost him in a waiting shed along the national highway in Gattaran municipality, Police Regional Office 2 director, Brigadier General Crizaldo O. Nieves said yesterday.
Nieves said the slain suspect identified as Mavin Llapitan, a resident of Airport Village in Pengue Ruyu, Tuguegarao City died while being taken to a local hospital by officers from the Gattaran Municipal Police Station.
Cagayan Police Provincial Office director, Colonel Ariel N. Quilang said the shootout erupted shortly after local policemen led by Major Edwin Aragon went to Barangay Piña Weste past 10 p.m. Friday to check a report about the presence of two suspicious-looking men standing beside a waiting shed.
Quilang said the officers were about to accost the two when one of the suspects later identified as Llapitan drew his firearm and shot Patrolman Jake Licayu but missed.
Licayu returned fire hitting the suspect in the body. The suspect’s still unidentified companion managed to escape arrest on board a motorcycle.
Recovered at the scene of the shooting incident were one loaded caliber .38 revolver and a cal.22 revolver, two heat-sealed plastic sachets containing suspected shabu and a mobile phone.
The incident took place amid the stepped-up anti-criminality operation in the entire Cagayan Valley region ordered by Nieves.
This week, the Cagayan police launched its own Oplan RACE or Revitalized Anti-Criminality leading to the arrest of dozens of most wanted persons and drug personalities in the province.
Quilang told Nieves the province-wide operation netted some of Cagayan Valley’s most wanted men and 50 others involved in illegal drug activities.
Quilang said among those arrested during the 3-day operation were Marichie Espada and Alvin Pascua, both ‘high-value individuals’ in the province.
He said the two were arrested in a buy-bust operation in Aparri, Cagayan which led in the confiscation of 10 pieces of heat-sealed plastic sachets containing shabu, the boodle money topped by a marked P500 bill.
Espada was identified as the Top 10 drug target in the entire Cagayan Valley region.
Two other identified as Michael and Maria Milagros Luis were arrested in Tuguegarao City during a sting which resulted in the recovery of two plastic sachets with shabu and the marked money paid to them by a poseur.
On the other hand, suspect Juan Soriano was arrested during an entrapment operation in Iguig. The suspect yielded a sachet of shabu and a marked P500 bill.
Quilang said the other suspects arrested include Roberto Co Jr., a most wanted man in Ballesteros municipality where he is facing a rape case and Christian Rich Piano, a man wanted for a frustrated murder case in Aparri.