Drug peddler dies in clash

November 27, 2018

TANAUAN City, Batangas -- A suspect was shot dead in an encounter with policemen while dealing drugs with the undercover agent in Bgy. Tinurik, here, yesterday.

City police chief Supt. Reynaldo S. Maclang identified the suspect as Christian Hernandez, of Bgy. Población, Tanauan City. He said they conducted a bust-bust operation at 12:30 a.m. in Bgy. Tinurik against the suspect that resulted in an armed confrontation.

A Tanauan City Drug Enforcement Unit (TCDEU) undercover agent was able to purchase illegal drugs from the suspect.

Maclang said after the transaction, the suspect sensed that he was dealing with a police officer so he drew a gun and fired at the police operatives, who returned fire.

The suspect sustained gunshot wounds in the body and was rushed to Reyes Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.

The suspect had been a subject of numerous complaints in Bgy. Tinurik and nearby areas for involvement in illegal drugs.