TWO alleged members of gunrunning and gun-for-hire syndicates, who were also suspected to be involved in the illegal drug trade, were killed during a buy-bust operation in separate shooting incidents before dawn yesterday and Wednesday night in Caloocan and Mala-bon cities.
Adonis dela Rosa, 36, of 17 Baron St., Bgy. North Bay Boulevard North (NBBN), Navotas City, succumbed to bullet wounds in the body while being rushed to Caloocan City Medical Center (CCMC). He was tagged by police as a notorious member of a gun-for-hire syndicate and allegedly involved in a series of killings in Ma-labon and Navotas cities.
Northern Police District (NPD) director Senior Supt. Roberto Fajardo said elements of District Special Operation Unit (DSOU), led by Supt. Ali Duterte, conducted a buy-bust operation against Dela Rosa at around 3 a.m. yesterday at the 3rd floor of his rented apartment at Lot 17, Block 32, Phase 3, F1 Sabalo St., Bgy. 12 Dagat-Dagatan, Caloocan City.
PO3 Eduardo Mahinay and PO2 Hannibal Datuon, who acted as poseur-buyers, handed the P1,500 marked money to the suspect in exchanged for a cal. .38 revolver.
However, when the suspect sensed that he was dealing with policemen, he ran inside his apartment and started firing his gun, prompting the lawmen to retaliate and hit him in the body.
DSOU investigator PO2 Arnel de Guzman said Dela Rosa was the primary suspect in the killing of one Raffy Macatorre on April 3, 2016 and one Roselle Torres on May 19, 2016 in Navotas City.
Police recovered from Dela Rosa a cal. .45 pistol he used in engaging policemen in a shootout while five heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets containing undetermined quantity of suspected shabu were recovered from his pocket by a staff of CCMC.
Earlier at around 6:20 p.m. Wednesday, joint elements of DSOU and Malabon Police Community Precinct (PCP) 1 shot dead Arman Doloeras when he allegedly engaged lawmen in a shootout during a buy-bust operation.
Senior Insp. Johnny Baltan and a confidential agent, who posed as buyers of a cal. .38 revolver, were able to negotiate with Doloeras near his house at 17 Tahimik St., Panghulo, but when the suspect received the marked money, he went inside his house and started firing his gun.
Operatives of DSOU and PCP-1, who were at the perimeter area, returned fire, hitting the suspect in the body. He was rushed to Pagamutang Bayan ng Malabon where he was declared dead on arrival.
Duterte said Doloeras is a member of Rod Ompong Gun-for-Hire Group operating in Camanava area and in nearby province of Bulacan. Recovered from his possession were a cal. .38 revolver, marked money amounting to P2,000 and seven heat-sealed plastic sachets containing suspected shabu.