Pusher killed in shootout in Davao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 Jan) – A drug pusher was killed in a shootout after he resisted arrest with police authorities in a buy-bust operation conducted at Purok 7, Brgy.76-A in Davao City at 2:10 p.m. on Sunday.

Police identified the suspect as Edwin Delostrico, 32, a resident of Purok 2, Quirino Avenue Extension, Brgy. 5-A Bankerohan, this city.

Based on the spot report of San Pedro Police Station, a police operative who acted as a buyer was transacting with the suspect who immediately drew his .38 caliber revolver hidden inside his pillow and shot at the authorities when he learned that he was selling to a poseur buyer.

The police then retaliated and fired at the suspect, hitting him several times on his body which resulted to his death.

In a follow-up investigation, personnel from the Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) recovered the buy-bust money worth P1,000, the suspect’s firearm loaded with four ammunitions with one fired cartridge, four fired cartridges of 9mm handgun, two deformed slugs of unknown caliber, two medium-sized square-shaped transparent plastic sachets containing suspected shabu worth P90,000, and another transparent plastic sachet containing what was believed to be the item being sold, and identification card of Philippine National Police (PNP) Maritime Auxiliary.

In a text message on Monday, Davao City Police Office (DCPO) spokesperson Chief Insp. Milgrace Driz said that she has no idea yet if the suspect was a member of PNP Maritime Auxiliary.

His body was brought to Angel Funeral Homes.