CABANATUAN CITY -- A suspected “carnapper” was killed in an armed encounter while a 42-year-old farmer was shot and wounded in two separate shooting incidents in Nueva Ecija last Friday.
In Talavera town, an alleged encounter transpired between patrolling lawmen and a still unidentified man driving an alleged carnapped tricycle along the San Ricardo-Bantug Hacienda Road in Bgy. San Ricardo, said provincial police director Senior Supt. Antonio C. Yarra.
Yarra said his men were conducting follow-up operations on a motornapping incident that occurred in front of Emong’s Pandesal in Bgy. Maestrang Kikay when they got a report that a vehicle similar to the reported carnapped motorcycle was spotted in Bgy. San Ricardo.
Police then immediately went to the area and saw the said vehicle, but it quickly made a u-turn when the driver-suspect saw the approaching patrol car on the opposite lane.
A brief chase ensued as the suspect suddenly fired at the pursuing lawmen, triggering a firefight that resulted in the instantaneous death of the suspect.
Recovered at the encounter site were a Smith and Wesson Cal.38 revolver, two fired cartridge cases for Cal.38, three live ammunition for Cal.38, and three fired cartridge cases for Cal. 9mm.
Police said the cadaver of the unidentified suspect was brought to the Senior Citizens Funeral Parlor in Bgy. Lomboy for proper disposition.
In the shooting incident in Bgy. Sta. Isabel, Cabiao, Yarra identified the wounded victim as Marcos Clemente, farmer, 42, of Bgy. Palasinan, Cabiao.
He was riding a kolong-kolong on his way to his farm with helpers -- Alex Danganan, 49, of Bgy. San Antonio, and Darwin Padolina, 37, of Bgy. San Fernando Sur, when he was attacked by two unidentified motorcycle-riding men.
Yarra said the suspects came out of nowhere and started to fire at the victim when the latter reached the foot of Sta. Isabel bridge.
But the suspects relentlessly pursued and fired at the victim until they reached a cornfield.
Yarra said the victim, who was already bloodied, ran towards the cornfield and used the tall grasses to hide and escape from his attackers.