A construction worker, who got busted in a drug operation when he sold drugs to a police poseur-buyer, tried to take hostage a baby before he was shot dead in Sta. Mesa, Manila, by policemen from the Manila Police District (MPD).
Suspect Aaron Joseph Paular, 24, said to be a member of the notorious criminal group ‘Bahala na Gang’ and residing at the Zamora Interlink in Sta. Mesa, died instantly in the operation conducted by MPD-Station operatives at shortly past 12 a.m. the other day.
SPO2 Charles Duran of the MPD-Homicide Section said the buy-bust operation was carried out in a grassy area near the railroad tracks of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) at the Zamora Interlink, near the suspect’s home.
A cop posing as a buyer managed to purchase P800 worth of shabu from the suspect when the latter sensed that he was being entrapped, as he noticed the presence of SPO1 Jonathan Rojas, who was then serving as a back-up.
Immediately, Paular reportedly pulled out a gun and fired at Rojas’ chest and then fled on foot. Fortunately, Rojas was wearing a bullet vest.
A brief chase ensued and as Paular entered a shanty, he reportedly tried to take hostage a baby. However, before he can do that, police caught up with him and engaged him in a shootout.
Recovered from the suspect were his cal. .38 gun, five empty shells and five plastic sachets containing shabu.
Paular’s family, police said, admitted that he had been using drugs and had been jailed once for a case of robber.
His brother, Jayron, however, stressed that his brother never sold drugs and was just a user. Their mother Rose Marie, meantime, said that Paular had reformed a long time ago and was in fact already working in a construction site.