SHARPSHOOTERS shot dead a suspected druggie believed high on drugs when he started hurting a child whom he had held captive for more than three hours Monday evening in San Rafael, Bulacan.
Bulacan Police Provincial Office director, Colonel Lawrence B. Cajipe, in a report to Police Regional Office 3 director Brigadier General Valeriano T. de Leon, said that the still unidentified suspect who was armed with a caliber .38 revolver and believed to be high on drugs barged inside a house in Barangay Banca-Banca, San Rafael 6:30 p.m. Monday.
Shortly after entering the place, the armed man grabbed a child and locked the door while threatening to harm his hostage.
Relatives of the victim and their neighbors sought the help of the San Rafael Municipal Police Station whose men rushed to the site to address the incident.
Col. Cajipe said the local policemen led by Lieutenant Col. Ferdinand Germino cordoned off the area and tried to negotiate for the peaceful surrender of the suspect.
However, the gunman refused to yield and held the victim hostage for more than three hours before becoming violent.
Cajipe said that when the suspect started harming the child, officers moved to rescue the victim but was met with gunfire prompting them to retaliate.
The suspect was killed on the spot while the victim was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
Recovered from the possession of the slain suspect were a .38 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver with three spent cartridges as well as three live ammunition and 10 heat-sealed plastic sachets containing shabu.
“We’re still determining the identity of the suspect as of press time,” Cajipe said.