CABANATUAN City -- An alleged notorious drug pusher, who was previously detained and released for violation of Republic Act 9165, was shot dead when he suddenly fired at lawmen posing as buyers in a buy-bust operation conducted in Gapan City before dawn yesterday.
Provincial police commander Senior Supt. Antonio C. Yarra identified the slain suspect as Jessie Lagman, single, of Bgy. Mangino, this city.
Lagman was tagged as a notorious drug personality included among those being targetted for neutralization by the police, said Yarra.
The suspect’s alleged cohort, identified as Jerome Elpedes, 26, single, of Bgy. Mangino, also included in the city police’s drug watchlist, was nabbed during the buy-bust operation.
Gapan police chief Supt. Peter B. Madria said Elpedes was in the company of Lagman when the buy-bust operation was conducted inside the latter’s house at 4:15 a.m.
He said Lagman, who immediately sensed that he was dealing with policemen and not real dopers, quickly pulled out a gun and fired twice at two of his men.
Fortunately, Madria said the suspect missed, giving his two men the chance to retaliate, hitting the suspect twice in the head and chest, resulting in his instantaneous death.
Yarra said his men recovered a cal. .22 revolver from the suspect and seven plastic sachets containing shabu.
After a background check, Madria said they found out that Lagman was earlier arrested for illegal drugs and released from detention by the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology-Gapan City.
He said the suspect would usually get his supply of illegal drugs from a source in Muñoz, Quezon City.
“May report na kadara-ting lang niya at galing sa Maynila at may binagsakan na daw dito na dalawang tao ng droga kaya nakipag-coordinate na agad kami sa PDEA para sa buy-bust,” Madria said.