‘Pusher’ killed in firefight

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    SAN LEONARDO, Nueva Ecija — A 41-year-old alleged peddler of illegal drugs was killed in a brief exchange of fire with police operatives who were out to implement a search warrant in Barangay Nieves this town at around 6 p.m. Thursday.

    Police said Vincent Soliman, married and a resident of the said village, was standing in front of his house when the lawmen approached him to enforce the warrant issued by the Regional Trial Court in Gapan City.

    “But without apparent reason the suspect drew a .38 revolver tucked on his waist and fired consecutive shots towards the raiding team,” said Chief Insp. Ranny Casilla, town police chief.

    A firefight ensued, he said, and Soliman sustained multiple gunshot wounds. Policemen rushed the suspect to Gonzales General Hospital here but was declared dead upon arrival, Casilla said.

    Police recovered from his residence ten plastic sachets of suspected shabu, aside from the hand gun, police added.

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