Triker shot dead, another nabbed for gun, ammo

November 27, 2018

CAMP Gen. Miguel Malvar, Batangas -- The Talisay Municipal Police Station reported on Monday that a tricycle driver was shot dead onboard his vehicle while a man was collared for possession of a gun and ammunition, provincial police PIO chief Senior Insp. Kerwin Amor Umali Cabrales said.

A report to Batangas police director Senior Supt. Edwin A. Quilates by Senior Insp. Aldrin Jay B. Baysa, police chief, identified the fatality as Ariel Barba de Leon, 50, married, tricycle driver, of Bgy. Quiling, and the other suspect as Benjie Bendal Leosala, 36, of Bgy. Sampaloc, Talisay.

Initial investigation showed that at around 3:45 a.m., De Leon was seen sitting in his tricycle that was parked along the roadside when an unidentified suspect arrived and shot him once, causing his instantaneous death.

The suspect quickly fled after the incident.

Baysa also reported that Leosala was flagged down while driving a Nissan X-Trail (ZFX 117) when the suspect was apprehended by his men led by PO2 Ariel Laurel while conducting a police checkpoint in Bgy. Sampaloc.

Upon verification, police saw a black sling bag on the passenger seat which yielded a caliber .45 pistol Ed Brown Kobra Carry (SN 81774) with magazine loaded with seven live bullets.

The suspect failed to present any documents for the firearm so he was arrested and brought to this police station for proper disposition.