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Cop on ‘floating status’ killed by RIT gunmen in ambush

  • Written by Arlene Rivera With Camille General
  • Published in Metro
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A policeman on a “floating status” was ambushed by four  gunmen on board two motorcycles while waiting for someone near his residence in Pasig City Tuesday night.

In a report submitted to Eastern Police District (EPD) director Senior Supt. Romulo Sapitula, Senior Supt. Orlando Yebra Jr., Pasig police chief, identified the slain lawman as PO2 Miguel Turaray, alias Jr., of 31 Aurelia St., Bgy. Bagong Ilog.
Turaray died while undergoing treatment at Pasig Child’s Hope Hospital due to two gunshot wounds in the head, one in the face and multiple bullet wounds in the body.
Recovered at the crime scene were several empty shells for unknown caliber of firearm.
Senior Insp. Roberto Garcia, Pasig Police Criminal Investigation and Investigation unit chief, said PO2 Turaray was killed on San Roque St. near Avis St., Bgy. Bagong Ilog, at 6:50 p.m.
Garcia said the policeman was standing in the area during heavy downpour when four suspects on board two motorcycles came from behind.   The two back riders pulled out a handgun and shot the victim repeatedly at close range, witnesses said.
Turaray was not able to fire back.
However, the gun and the cellphone of the victim were not recovered by the police.
After the shooting, the suspects sped away. 
According to the victim’s sister, Dr. Josephine Turaray-Castañeda, PO2 Turaray received a text message from someone who advised him to proceed to the area.
“May nag-text daw sa biktima, hindi daw alam kung sino, at mag-antay  sa lugar at kaagad namang nagpunta ’yung pulis. After that, nabalitaan na lang nila na pinagbabaril ito ng mga nakamotorsiklo,” Garcia said in an interview.
It was learned that  Turaray was placed on a “floating status” at the Police Holding Administrative Unit (PHAU) of Headquarters Support Service (HSS) at Camp Crame.
Garcia said the victim was first assigned at the  Marikina Police Station,  later transferred to  Quezon City Police  District (QCPD) and then to Camp Crame.
According to a police report, the victim was reportedly involved in illegal drug and illegal gambling activities based on validation from the community.
Yebra ordered his men to conduct follow-up operations to identify and arrest the perpetrators of the crime.