Cops gun down gangster

A WANTED gangster in Sultan Kudarat who reportedly threatened at gunpoint barangay officials enforcing the Enhanced Community Quarantine in their community was killed in an ensuing gunbattle with responding policemen on Tuesday morning, Police Regional Office 12 director, Brigadier General Alfred S. Corpus announced yesterday.

Suspect Eddie ‘Boy’ Linas, one of the suspects in the December 2019 murder of a former barangay ‘kagawad’ in Bgy. Salumping in Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat exchanged fire with local policemen who tried to arrest him inside his house in Sitio Cocoon at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday and was killed in the process, said the PRO12 director.

According to Corpus, the suspect is wanted for the murder of former Bgy. Salumping councilman Danny Arzadon whose body was dumped in a 20-foot deep rock hole in the same barangay in an apparent effort by the killers to conceal their crime last December.

The official said that prior to the gunbattle, police were informed of the presence of Linas and two other companions identified as brothers Rene Boy and Allan Baltar who were all armed when they threatened to shoot barangay officials and ‘tanods’ in their community after resenting their strict enforcement of curfew hours and other quarantine protocols in their area.

The suspects were also accused of disrespecting the barangay authorities and violating all quarantine rules in their area by threatening to kill those who will counter their actions.

Corpus said that members of the Esperanza Municipal Police Station responded to the complaint and knocked on the door of Linas several times and asked him to yield peacefully.

However, the suspect ignored the order and fired at the officers who were forced to return fire killing Linas on the spot.

Recovered inside the house of the suspect were one break-open pistol loaded with a 12-gauge ammunition, a 12-gauge bullet, two spent 5.56 cartridges, two ‘Jolen Guns’, four bladed weapons and dried marijuana leaves.