Pieces of evidence recovered from the slain suspect. Contributed photo
ZARAGOZA, Nueva Ecija – A suspected drug pusher was killed while his companion eluded arrest in a buy–bust operation in Barangay Concepcion here shortly after midnight on Friday.
Major Jaime Ferrer, municipal police chief, said an undercover operative from their station drug enforcement unit bought one sachet of suspected shabu from Francis Reyes, of Barangay Barrera, Cabanatuan City.
But the suspect reportedly fired a handgun even before police operatives could arrest him for selling the illegal substance.
“Suddenly, (he) drew his firearm and fired at them, prompted the police officers to defend themselves and return fire,” he said.
Reyes died instantly while his unidentified companion sped off in a motorcycle, Ferrer said.
In his report to Nueva Ecija police director Col. Jaime Santos, Ferrer said none of the operatives was hurt.
Forensic investigators recovered 14 sachets of shabu, the .38 revolver with bullets and a motorcycle from the slain suspect.