Ex-cop killed in anti-drug raid
A FORMER policeman who was dismissed from the service over his alleged involvement in illegal drugs was killed in a shootout with police operatives in Barangay Inayagan, City of Naga in southern Cebu on Wednesday.
PO1 Dave Agcol allegedly refused to surrender and instead fired at the members of the Regional Special Operations Group and the Regional Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force (RSOG-RAIDSOTF).
“We don’t have a choice but to shoot him because he first fired shots at us using two .45 caliber pistols,” said SPO1 Reynaldo Solante of the RSOG-RAIDSOTF in a phone interview last night.
Agcol, who suffered at least three gunshot wounds on his chest, was rushed to the Minglanilla District Hospital, but physicians declared him dead on arrival.
Agcol’s wife, PO2 Ma. Genevieve Agcol, arrived at their residence after the shootout and was immediately arrested by the police, according to Solante.
Solante said they have been monitoring the couple who was peddling illegal drugs in their place.
The operatives implemented the search warrant issued by Judge Jerry Dicdican of the Regional Trial Court.
When they knocked on the door of Agcol’s house past 5 p.m. yesterday, Solante said the former policemen locked the door.
“We were forced to open the door using a battering ram,” he said.
When the door was opened, Solante said Agcol then fired shots at them using two guns, prompting the operatives to fire back.
Agcol ranks number one in the drugs watchlist of RSOG-RAIDSOTF.
In 2008, Agcol was positive of illegal drugs use and was dismissed from service the following year.
Agcol used to be assigned at the Talisay City Police Station but because of his alleged “derogatory records,” he was transferred to the Provincial Security Service Group (PSSG) and was then moved to Campoot, in Tuburan town and later to the Aloguinsan Police Station, where he was found positive of using illegal drugs.
His wife, PO2 Agcol, is currently assigned at the Naga City Police Office.
“This couple has placed the Philippine National Police in bad light,” said Solante.
PO2 Agcol was detained at the RSOG-RAIDSOTF stockade located at the Police Regional Office in Central Visayas based in Cebu City.
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