A senior police officer, who was chasing a suspected drug pusher, was shot and killed by a security officer of a cockpit arena, who mistook him for a “criminal” in San Juan City the other night.
Eastern Police District (EPD) director Chief Supt. Romulo Sapitula identified the slain policeman as SPO2 Abundio Panes, 46, married, presently assigned at the San Juan Police Station Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (SAIDSOTG).
Panes was declared dead on arrival at the San Juan Medical Center due to two gunshot wounds in the neck.
Sapitula ordered a manhunt operation for the security officer, identified as Louie Magday, Intelligence security officer of San Juan Coliseum.
In a report submitted by San Juan police, Sapitula said the incident happened inside the cockpit on F. Manalo St., Bgy. Batis, at 8:45 p.m.
Reports said Panes was chasing a suspected drug pusher, identified as Manuel Llangos, 43, who was the subject of surveillance of SAIDSOTG during that time.
A brief shootout occurred between Panes and Llangos, who sustained a gunshot wound and was rushed to San Juan Medical Center.
When SAIDSOTG operatives arrived, they saw Panes slumped on the floor bloodied inside the cockpit arena.
Sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Panes was shot by Magday, thinking he was a suspect.
The source added that Panes was about to arrest Llangos after he saw him handing drugs to a police asset. But Llangos opened fire at the policeman, prompting the latter to retaliate, hitting the former.
Llangos ran inside the cockpit but Panes pursued him.
Magday saw Panes, still wearing a bonnet and a helmet and holding a gun, and shot him.
It was not clear if Panes identified himself as a police officer when he entered the cockpit.